We’ve watched this beautiful clip from “In Balanchine’s Classroom” Facebook page many times, delighting in the late, legendary dancer Jacques d’Amboise’s insights into the rituals that define friendships and social interaction, in particular the shaking of hands.

Dance is invented by human beings to communicate emotion by using the control of how we move in time.

‘Everybody…ohh I don’t dance.’ It drives me crazy. Every time you shake hands, you’re doing a dance, you’re expressing emotion through the control of how you move...

Look at all the soft curves, look at all the circles. It’s the art of gentility and good manners, not aggression. Friendship is not a straight line.

We admit to being among those people who’ve on occasion have protested “I can’t dance”. We are delighted to know the ways we’ve been dancing all along…

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