There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.
Martha Graham reportedly said this about dancers and their art, but I believe it applies equally to PhD candidates and their dissertations.
And so it feels appropriate to note that the sixth annual "Dance Your PhD" contest is underway, and that the quickening continues to help students distill and communicate years of complicated, beautiful research findings. From "Sleep loss in a social world" to "Investigation of the behavioral processes and neurobiological substrates involved in the motivation for voluntary wheel running in the rat," vote on your favorite of this year's 12 finalists here. (See all video submissions here.)
Previously: Dance Your Dissertation: Vote for your favorite finalist and PhD research explained through interpretive dance