A number of Latvian municipalities, companies, institutions and organizations have participated in the Jerusalem dance challenge, gathering a large number of dancers. At the same time, there are those who believe that Latvians have enough beautiful folk dances so that they do not have to borrow foreign traditions. The popularity of this positive challenge lies in the lack of “good news”, which is particularly important in the fatigue of a pandemic in society.
Dance challenge for a tired society
The challenge of dancing in Jerusalem is basically nothing extremely unique. The world has danced to sticky melodies before – the oldest of us will know the hit “Macarena” of the Spanish duo “Los Del Rio”, whose steps some good ones still remember today. At the beginning of the past decade, many parties were unimaginable without the Spanish band Las Ketchup’s Ketchup Song. Similar examples can be mentioned over and over again.
The challenge of dancing in Jerusalem has simply come at the right time. If we open social networks, we see that most of the content consists of information about Covid-19, war, unrest, taxes and depression. Also looking at the design of various publications, it can be seen that darker and darker tones are becoming more and more common.
Positive emotions in spite of what is happening around you
People are psychologically depressed, but very united, because Covid-19 affects all of humanity. It has served as a breeding ground for such a dance challenge. Given that many countries are experiencing a recurrent and even greater pandemic outbreak than before, there is public fatigue. There are more and more skeptics and pessimists, as well as those who are trying to bring positive emotions to life, despite what is happening around them.
We replace cultural events and travel
People are characterized by their thoughts, emotions and actions. When a person is tired of thinking, all that is left is emotions and action. Given that the sticky melody and simple dance steps evoke positive emotions, in many cases the action is not missed and people repeat this dance. This initiative clearly shows that society has longed for a carefree and carefree life, that there is currently a lack of the usual good and positive emotions that cultural events and travel have given us.
A society tired of negations, viruses and scandals
The song itself is nothing extraordinary, it is not a unique musical masterpiece. A clear example is the international song contest “Eurovision”, where extraordinary songs or compositions with a very sticky melody win – this song is clearly the second case. A society tired of negations, viruses and scandals resonates with positive emotions.
Latvian agreement in dance
The fact that several groups or local governments have preferred Latvian folk dances instead of this dance is also to be welcomed. The most important thing is that positive emotions are encouraged. The Latvian people have long had a tradition of gathering together in dance or song in both light and heavy moments, in this case it has simply manifested itself in dance that has traveled to us from abroad.
Of course, it is possible to discuss how much such a dance corresponds to the basic values of the Latvian people, but I would urge you to look more broadly – how many people this dance improved their mood and provided pleasant emotions?