I dance to retaliate. I dance to rebel against our sedentary complacencies. I dance to reclaim the physical intelligence that neo-platonism has condemned. I dance for awareness and presence. I dance because our awareness and presence threatens the status quo. I dance to be acutely aware of myself in the flesh, not the image I am conditioned to craft myself into. I dance to experience, when so much experience has been outsourced to the virtual. I dance to reclaim my body from the capitalist standards that propagate shame to profit the 500 Billion dollar beauty industry. I dance for empathy, compassion, and alliance with humanity and the natural world. I dance as a mode of of self inquiry and process in a time of mass consumerism. I dance to stay personally engaged in a time of societal distraction. I dance to be free.