Although both activities are rhythmic, many things in the world are, but they aren't considered dancing by the bulk of society.
Where actually is the line between just merely being rhythmic and dancing? Does anyone know that? Please email me so I can be taught, but until then this is how I see it...
A metronome is rhythmic but not dancing....
Our own heart's pulse is rhythmic but not dancing....
even walking can be rhythmic, yet again, it's not considered to be dancing for the most part.
Same goes for Polykinetics. Polykinetics is not technically dancing although it's rhythmic. Wild I know!
The movements in Polykinetics are made rhythmic for very specific neurophysiological and neuropsychological reasons that I'll jump into that later on, yet all-in-all, Polykinetics is not really dancing, and here's why I think that....
Dancing tends to use a multitude of movements in short sequences of time. Polykinetics moves in the opposite direction. Unlike dancing, in PK, you're doing the same 1 or 2 or even 3 moves for an extended period of time. Just as challenging as dancing yet challenging in a different way which helps promote that neuroplasticity everyone talking about loves so much. Only when our brains are being challenged at something new does it adapt and grow. Simple.
Dancing tends to be more chaotic and carefree. Polykinetics tends to be more composed and controlled. Muscle control and neural motor control over ones physical movements and actions is an absolute pillar point in Polykinetics. This is the foundational teaching that you are in complete control over your chosen actions (if not being compromised by trauma or illness) therefore you should be able to display that controlled skill in the workouts I throw at you.
Dancing can be dangerous. Polykinetics was created with particular safety measures in place to help prevent such things. Countless people are injured, and reports of even death associated with dancing. That's why you'll notice there's no jumping, hopping, skipping, headstands, backflips, no hip twists or twerks or even a single burpee movement in Polykinetics because those exercises pose unnecessary risks to safety, and not many can afford to be laid up recovering from even a small injury from a workout for days at a time. Most people have jobs, kids and lives to live.
I could go on, but I like the number three so I'll stop there. Keep in mind, I started dancing myself when I was about 4 years old and I'm about to turn 37. Dancing was my life. It was all I had as an outlet for many years.
I swore my whole life I would forever be dancing because of how it made my brain and body felt, but life itself dealt me some serious body blows and injuries that can make dancing painful for me to do now.
I still dance in small bits, however, I can't rely on dancing itself to be a safe and effective form of physical fitness for me due to those past injuries. And perhaps maybe I subconsciously created Polykinetics as a way to keep my body and brain rhythmic without experiencing the physical pain of dancing.
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