In this episode we will be speaking with Lisa C. Batchelor owner and founder of Unique Performance Arts Dance Center in West Orange NJ. We will take a deeper dive into dance and its impact on health and wellness.
Lisa has enjoyed more than twenty years as Director/Owner of Unique Performance Arts Center. Her training includes the Royal Academy of Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has performed in Los Angeles and for Norwegian Cruise Lines. She was the featured dancer in the 1998 Miss New Jersey Pageant.
Lisa choreographed West Orange High School's production of West Side Story and choreographed industrial productions in NYC. Before UPAC, she taught at several schools and choreographed award-winning routines for their competition teams.
Lisa, her husband and two children reside in Montclair; however, she considers West Orange her "home away from home." Having taught classes and later establishing her business in West Orange, Lisa has been very active in West Orange's small business community for more than thirty years.
Lisa Batchelor | Dance & Wellness | S1 - EP6
Dance has existed since the dawn of humankind it is a part of ever culture worldwide. It is physical movement of the body in a rhythmic way, for the purpose of expressing an idea or emotion, releasing energy, or simply for the pleasure of the movement itself.
Aristotle refers to dance as rhythmic movement whose purpose is “to represent men’s characters as well as what they do and suffer.” But today dance has evolved to embrace much more than man’s suffering. Dance can be categorized and described by its choreography, by its repertoire of movements, or by its historical period or place of origin. both may have special functions, whether social, ceremonial, competitive, erotic, martial, or sacred/liturgical. Other forms of human movement are sometimes said to have a dance-like quality, including martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading, figure skating, synchronized swimming, marching bands, and many other forms of athletics. Dance is not solely restricted to performance, though, as dance is used as a form of exercise and occasionally training for other sports and activities.
Dance itself has also become a sport for some, with dancing competitions found across the world exhibiting various different styles and standards.
Dance requires an equal amount of cognitive focus as well as physical strength. The demanding yet evolving art-form allows individuals to express themselves creatively through movement, while enabling them to adapt movement that possesses a rhythmical pattern and fluid motions that allure to an audience either onstage or on film. Dance is considered to be a very aesthetically pleasing art-form with many health benefits.