The dictionary defines it as "to move one's feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a pattern of steps, especially to the accompaniment of music.'' People around the world, however, have their own definitions of dance, as exemplified by these images. Such expressions can celebrate a culture, win a competition, make a living, entertain a crowd, and play a role in propelling social change. Get those bodies and feet moving. -- Lloyd Young [40 Shots]
Dancing can make your time in the world a better experience, even in the most trying of times. They say music can soothe the savage beast, and when you combine it with dancing you can obliterate the most savage of the beasts.
Some people say that they can't dance, but they can, they just don't know it. You just move your feet and let the music place your body where it should go.
Even if you don't have outside music, you can create the music in your head, just let yourself go and Dance Like Nobody Is Watching.
Here are 40 images of people moving to the beat of the drummer, some different and some the same.
1. A Haitian child finds her own space as a religious crusade is held in the background at the national stadium in Port-au-Prince. The ceremony, sponsored by American evangelist Franklin Graham, came a few days before the country noted the one-year anniversary of the magnitude-7.0 quake that killed more than 220,000 people and left millions homeless. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press)
2. For these Iraqi female police cadets, graduation from the Iraqi police academy on Jan. 8 was a reason to celebrate. They were among more than 2,000 cadets graduating at the Baghdad event. (Muhannad Fala'ah/Getty Images)
3. Indian women perform a traditional folk dance of garba at an event coinciding with the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti in New Delhi, India. The festival celebrates the sun and harvests. (Gurinder Osan/Associated Press)
4. Demonstrations against Hosni Mubarak in Cairo's Tahrir Square veered from celebrations to moments of sheer terror. On the morning of Feb. 8, the 15th straight day of a protests, an anti-government demonstrator finds himself nearly alone in the square, so he takes the opportunity to sing and dance along with to a tune by Umm Kulthum, a famous Egyptian singer, played by loud speakers. Three days later, Mubarak resigned (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)