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Martha Graham said that "dancers are the messengers of the gods." And is there any other art form that punishes and celebrates the body in such an extreme way? Like with all art, and life too, a good deal of pain is a requirement for producing something of great beauty. But the pain in dance is like nothing else. It really, really hurts. Also, dance always requires discipline and presence in a way that, for example, writing doesn't always, and I can't help but admire anything that requires discipline. It is only the ephemeral nature of dance—the fact that if the viewer is not present, the art disappears—that forces me to place dance this low on the list. I mean, this is a very serious list, so I must be truthful and not show my biases. If I were to show my bias, though, dance would be at the very, very top.