“The Dance” is a country song written by Tony Arata and performed by Garth Brooks. It was released in 1989 as the fourth single from Brooks’ self-titled debut album. The song has since become one of Brooks’ most popular and enduring hits.
“The Dance” is a ballad that explores the idea that sometimes, even when things don’t work out the way we want them to, it’s still worth taking the risk and pursuing our dreams. The song’s chorus includes the famous lines:
“And now I’m glad I didn’t know The way it all would end The way it all would go Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain But I’d have had to miss the dance”
The song’s music video features Brooks singing the song on a dark, empty stage, with images of couples dancing interspersed throughout. The video was directed by John Lloyd Miller and won the Country Music Association’s Video of the Year award in 1991.
“The Dance” has been covered by numerous other artists over the years, including Garth Brooks’ wife Trisha Yearwood, who recorded a version for her 2019 album “Every Girl.” The song has also been used in several films and TV shows, including the 2004 romantic comedy “13 Going on 30.”