Belongingness – Great Music and Dance

In my previous two posts I talked about how great paintings and great poetry can depict the feelings that we all share when our belongingness needs are being satisfied by being with friends and family.

I would like to present several pieces of great music and dance that depict similar feelings of attachment and belonging, as only the great masters can illustrate.

Just sit back and enjoy the artists’ interpretations of those who have achieved a sense of belongingness or connection with others.  As with the paintings and poetry of the two previous posts, you can really sense the gift of being with others and its positive impact on each of us.

The Entertainer (Joplin, 1902)

This is one of the classics of ragtime, blending African American music styles with European forms and melodies.  It is one of the composer’s most memorable works and one easy to remember.  The work evokes a feeling of belongingness with other listeners.

Blue Danube Waltz (J. Strauss Jr., 1866)

This very recognizable waltz is played and danced to throughout the world on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  It connotes feelings of togetherness, playfulness, joy, hope for a better future, and a sense of a just society protecting its citizens.  It encourages listeners to select partners and dance to the waltz’s melody and beat.


The Nutcracker, Waltz of the Flowers (Choreography by Petipa and Ivanov, Music by Tchaikovsky, 1892)

This ballet, one of the composer’s most famous, is performed most often during the Christmas season.  This scene, also a waltz, evokes a sense of freedom from the issues of the everyday world, a belongingness with others, thanksgiving, celebration, and joy. 

In this scene, the two principal dancers, Clara and the Prince, are celebrating with the other dancers.  Their dance choreography is not as exposed as that of a pas de deux (duet), but they are nonetheless separate from the others on stage.  It is the pulling away from the others near the end of the scene that expresses the emergence of their desire to begin satisfying a new higher need within themselves.


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