How can we stretch and play with culture rather than change it?

Photo Contribution by: Matthew Henry,

Recently, my news feed popped up with an impressive experiment of two dancers who did not speak the same verbal language choreograph a routine.

I hit an inflection point after this video.

The dancers focused on their objective, and used a medium which they were devoted and deeply interested in: dance. By setting a focus on something common, they overcame a language difference and completed their choreography.

Though the reel was fancy video work, and the music was not in my personal playlist — the intent and mindset of conducting this experiment stayed with me the following day.

During the dancers’ interview each mentioned their uneasiness since they had not known each others’ style. The Spanish man was uneasy over the Japanese woman since she seemed reserved and quiet. The Japanese woman was uneasy because she did not know the environment. The Spanish man said it was all about the energy. In the video, the Japanese woman mentioned that she could learn new things from the Spanish man. It became a successful turnout since they worked together to build and create.

Can dance be a medium to stretch and play with culture in order to understand and appreciate it? More so, can {insert your interest} be a medium to stretch and play with culture in order to understand it?

Food for thought: How many examples do we have each day that can remove divisions? It’s surprising how we aim to be different, yet are so common when we find intersections of interest. It’s mind blowing if we take the time to think about this.

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