A DANCING GENE?
Research published in the September 2005 issue of Public Library of Science Genetics suggested that genetics may in part explain why some people are more interested in dance than others. Researchers examined three groups: current performing dancers and advanced dancing students, competitive athletes, and those who were neither dancers nor athletes. Researchers found that dancers were much more likely to carry variants of the genes AVPR1a and SLC6A4. Animal studies have shown that AVPR1a may influence social communication and bonding and SLC6A4 regulates the level of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which has been linke4d to the experience of spirituality. A personality questionnaire indicated that dancers tended to be more spiritual, with a greater need for social contact, than the others. The researchers concluded that as a "type," dancers tend to have a "heightened sense of communication, often a symbolic and ceremonial nature, and a strong spiritual personality trait." A fondness for tulle is not thought to be genetically determined.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)