Shall We Dance? | Connecticut Public Radio

Shall We Dance?

Feb 28, 2019

Why do we dance? The answer is more complicated than you might think. Dancing has served a multitude of functions for various cultures throughout history, and there is even evidence to suggest we, as a species, are biologically hard-wired to dance.

Whether it's for social, for spiritual, or even psychological reasons (yes, dance therapy is a thing), humans have been dancing since the very beginning. This hour we talk about all things dance from ancient history to modern, Hollywood dance movies.


  • Henry Alford - Humorist, journalist, and contributor to Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and The New Yorker; author of And Then We Danced: A Voyage Into The Groove (@henryalford)
  • David Edelstein - Film critic for New York¬†magazine, as well as a contributor to The New York Times' Arts & Leisure section
  • Christina Devereaux - Board Certified Dance / Movement Therapist as well as Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director in the Dance / Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Drexel University

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on July 5, 2018.