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Sania Bahman

A hand with red nail polish points to the map on the wooden table. The map shows a small island titled "Snake Island" on the top left. Underneath the title "Atlantic Ocean" is written in cursive. Two boats are illustrated around the island and a compass is on the top right of the map. A yellow snake lies around the map.

The Host of the Island: Golden Lancehead of Ilha da Queimada Grande

As we scroll social media, we come across interesting “facts”. Some are true, some are not, and some of them exploit the fact that we don’t know much about a topic or a place. Today, we’ll be introduced to an island that is quite mysterious: Ilha da Queimada Grande, in other words Snake Island.

In the middle, a scientist holds a skeleton in a ballet pose. A scientist on the right holds up a protractor to measure the skeleton. Another scientist sits at a desk with a microscope and is studying a shoe. Behind the scientists, many posters are taped to the wall. The posters show different aspects of dance like evolution, hormones, beat, dance moms, physiology, and self-esteem.

Just Dance! It’s in our human nature

“You are the dancing queen”

“Oh, I wanna dance with somebody”

“Shut up and dance with me”

These are just a few popular examples of the countless song lyrics that communicate the exuberant feelings associated with dancing. Whether it is a feeling of satisfaction after learning complex choreography, intimacy felt between people embracing during a partner dance, or simply unabashed confidence when grooving behind closed doors, there is something deeply humanizing about dancing.