The joy of dancing

Published February 25, 2012
Dancers of the Australian Ballet and the Bangarra Dance Theatre rehearse the world premier of 'Infinity', the first triple bill in the Australian Ballet's history to premiere three brand new Australian commissions.  The triple bill combines dancers from Stephen Page's Bangarra Dance Theatre and Gideon Obarzanek's Chunky Move with the Australian Ballet dancers. ? AFP Photo.
Dancers of the Australian Ballet and the Bangarra Dance Theatre rehearse the world premier of 'Infinity', the first triple bill in the Australian Ballet's history to premiere three brand new Australian commissions. The triple bill combines dancers from Stephen Page's Bangarra Dance Theatre and Gideon Obarzanek's Chunky Move with the Australian Ballet dancers. ? AFP Photo.
Dancers of the Australian Ballet and the Bangarra Dance Theatre rehearse the world premier of 'Infinity', the first triple bill in the Australian Ballet's history to premiere three brand new Australian commissions.  The triple bill combines dancers from Stephen Page's Bangarra Dance Theatre and Gideon Obarzanek's Chunky Move with the Australian Ballet dancers. ? AFP Photo.
Dancers of the Australian Ballet and the Bangarra Dance Theatre rehearse the world premier of 'Infinity', the first triple bill in the Australian Ballet's history to premiere three brand new Australian commissions. The triple bill combines dancers from Stephen Page's Bangarra Dance Theatre and Gideon Obarzanek's Chunky Move with the Australian Ballet dancers. ? AFP Photo.
Dancers perform during a dress rehearsal for the dance and music show 'Ballet Revolucion' in Berlin. Ballet Revolucion, a fusion of ballet, contemporary dance and hip hop from a company of Cuban dancers and live musicians, runs from February 21 till March 4 in the German capital. ? Reuters Photo.
Dancers perform during a dress rehearsal for the dance and music show 'Ballet Revolucion' in Berlin. Ballet Revolucion, a fusion of ballet, contemporary dance and hip hop from a company of Cuban dancers and live musicians, runs from February 21 till March 4 in the German capital. ? Reuters Photo.
A pedestrian dance with a Romanian woman wearing traditional inspired outfit during the celebration of Dragobete feast, a traditional Romanian holiday originating from Dacian times, in Bucharest. Dragobete was the son of Baba Dochia, which stands for the main character in the myth related to spring arrival and the end of the harsh winter. On this day, considered locally the first day of spring, boys and girls gather vernal flowers and sing together. In Romania, Dragobete is known as a day for lovers, rather like Va
A pedestrian dance with a Romanian woman wearing traditional inspired outfit during the celebration of Dragobete feast, a traditional Romanian holiday originating from Dacian times, in Bucharest. Dragobete was the son of Baba Dochia, which stands for the main character in the myth related to spring arrival and the end of the harsh winter. On this day, considered locally the first day of spring, boys and girls gather vernal flowers and sing together. In Romania, Dragobete is known as a day for lovers, rather like Va
Supporters of Senegalese Opposition presidential candidate Ousmane Tenor Dieng dance during a presidential campaign meeting in Dakar, two days before polls in which President Abdoulaye Wade's bid for a third term has upset the normally stable nation.  Some 300 women marched today in Dakar protesting Wade's candidature and demanding that those in power to "stop killing" their children. ? AFP Photo.
Supporters of Senegalese Opposition presidential candidate Ousmane Tenor Dieng dance during a presidential campaign meeting in Dakar, two days before polls in which President Abdoulaye Wade's bid for a third term has upset the normally stable nation. Some 300 women marched today in Dakar protesting Wade's candidature and demanding that those in power to "stop killing" their children. ? AFP Photo.
A group of Chinese elderly women dancers gathering to practice their routine on a snow-covered lake in Changchun, in northeast China's Jilin province. Winter activities are especially popular amongst the elderly and retired as they are believed to improve circulation and benefit health, increase the level of mental awareness, release stress, remove aches and pains, increase vitality and keep skin looking younger - and of course, an overall feeling of well-being. ? AFP Photo.
A group of Chinese elderly women dancers gathering to practice their routine on a snow-covered lake in Changchun, in northeast China's Jilin province. Winter activities are especially popular amongst the elderly and retired as they are believed to improve circulation and benefit health, increase the level of mental awareness, release stress, remove aches and pains, increase vitality and keep skin looking younger - and of course, an overall feeling of well-being. ? AFP Photo.
Dancers perform for an outdoor event on the seafront, in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. Carnival celebrations will peak Sunday with street parades planned in cities across Greece. ? AP Photo.
Dancers perform for an outdoor event on the seafront, in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. Carnival celebrations will peak Sunday with street parades planned in cities across Greece. ? AP Photo.
Indian dancers from Maharashtra state wearing traditional attire perform during the Basant Utsav or Spring Festival celebrations at Gandhinagar, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Ahmedabad, India. The ten-day long festival, began Thursday, features culture and crafts of various Indian states. ? AP Photo.
Indian dancers from Maharashtra state wearing traditional attire perform during the Basant Utsav or Spring Festival celebrations at Gandhinagar, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Ahmedabad, India. The ten-day long festival, began Thursday, features culture and crafts of various Indian states. ? AP Photo.
Indian dancer from Rajasthan state wearing traditional attire performs during the Basant Utsav or Spring Festival celebrations at Gandhinagar, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Ahmedabad, India. The ten-day long festival, began Thursday, features culture and crafts of various Indian states. ? AP Photo.
Indian dancer from Rajasthan state wearing traditional attire performs during the Basant Utsav or Spring Festival celebrations at Gandhinagar, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Ahmedabad, India. The ten-day long festival, began Thursday, features culture and crafts of various Indian states. ? AP Photo.
People dance during Carnaval in Haiti's third largest city, Les Cayes, about 200 km (124 miles) from Port-au-Prince. ? Reuters Photo.
People dance during Carnaval in Haiti's third largest city, Les Cayes, about 200 km (124 miles) from Port-au-Prince. ? Reuters Photo.

Dancing is a form of art that exists is nearly every culture around the world. People dance for different reasons and different occations, but the joy they feel when they are dancing is something that all dancers have in common. – Photos by Agencies.

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