Like No One’s Looking: Close Your Eyes

In the art of dancing, beauty, and freedom flow from self-expression, from the celebration of one’s individuality, body, and emotions. Dancing as if nobody’s watching encapsulates this sentiment. It is a liberating experience that takes one beyond judgment and self-consciousness, opening a world where the rhythm of the music and the rhythm of the heartbeat are in sync.

One technique that indeed facilitates this process is dancing with your eyes closed. Closing the eyes during dance may seem simple, even mundane, but it’s a potent tool that can deepen your connection with the music and your inner self. 

Closing your eyes allows you to shut off one of your primary senses, creating an environment of introspection and self-awareness. By doing so, you shift your focus inward and tune out the external world, the room, the decor, or the mirror. This lets you concentrate solely on how the music and movement feel, allowing you to be in the moment.

Dancing with your eyes closed makes room for a more profound sensory experience. It’s about feeling the rhythm, the vibration, and the energy of the music. It’s about understanding the subtleties of each beat, each note, and each melody and letting them guide your body. It allows you to forget about your surroundings and immerse yourself fully in the music, creating an intimate dance space where you can truly dance as if nobody’s watching.

The renowned contemporary choreographer Ohad Naharin once said, “We dance to fall in love with the space we still have, with ourselves and others.” By closing your eyes, you create a space for this love to grow, where you can connect with yourself and the music on a much deeper level.

Moreover, research shows that our brains are wired to connect music with movement. According to a 2016 study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, even the simple act of listening to music activates the motor area of our brain, preparing our bodies to move. You can further strengthen this neural link by closing your eyes and genuinely embodying the music.

Dancing as if nobody’s watching is a transformative journey that requires self-acceptance, freedom, and deep emotional connection. Closing your eyes while dancing can act as a bridge, facilitating this transformation and allowing you to dance with uninhibited joy and honesty.

What are your thoughts after exploring the concept and benefits of dancing with closed eyes? Have you ever tried dancing with your eyes closed? If so, how did it feel? If not, can you give it a try? I invite you to share your thoughts, experiences, or reservations in the comments below. Your input might offer valuable insight to someone else on their dance journey. 

Are you ready to close your eyes and dance?