Photo by Andrew Memije
Photo by Andrew Memije

From two-stepping, to twerking, to fist-pumping fun - the art form of dance has reached many cultures across the world; but why do humans gather at music festivals to bop in a rhythmic cult-like motion for hours on end? The answer can be traced to the roots of human evolution.

Back in the age where Wi-Fi didn’t exist, and chicken nuggets hadn’t been invented yet, survival was a key concern for our ancestors. When walking in groups, the sound of footsteps was loud and compromising. This would reduce the ability to hear approaching predators and potential dangers. If humans synchronized their steps in a rhythmic motion, it would enable them to notice these issues in advance. This allowed for a defensive team to assemble and protect the tribe before being viciously murdered by Simba and Nala.

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