“When a body moves, it’s the most revealing thing. Dance for me a minute, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov
Sweden is often hailed for being creative & progressive. It might surprise some people to hear that dancing is forbidden in Sweden unless you have a permit.
This is obviously to discourage public gatherings of dance, which is already covered by another law.
The law against public dancing dates back to the so called “Dance Floor Plague” in Sweden. Between the ’20’s & ’40’s debates were held about how to handle the situation. Claims were made that it would lead kids into moral depravity, violence & criminality.
Well, during the past couple of years the Swedish government have held debates whether or not to abolish the law. This year it was up for debate again and, yeah, they voted to keep the law.
Why d we have this struggle with change every single time?
Some welcome the future while others try to hang on for dear life to the past. Sure, we can learn a lot from the past but we can’t stay there.
The same arguments are put up and we keep making the same mistakes whether it’s with dance, music, art, movies, books, toys, video games, technology.
We understand that there needs to be skepticism and tread with caution because there can be unforeseen or negative consequences to our creativity. It can be used to either further evolution or stifle it. What it is depends largely on humanity as a whole.
While it might be easy to laugh at a law forbidding dance in the 21st century and wonder why we ever would enact and maintain such an outdated law, it might serve us well to look at some of our current debates. Equal rights for LGBT-community, women’s rights, racism etc.
As humans we have the power to time travel with our minds. Imagine yourself 20 years from now looking back at some of the debates we had today. Isn’t it easy to look at the present in the rear-view mirror and think: “How the hell could we ever have done that?”.
Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Kevin Bacon, saving one town at a time.