This study aims to clarify the ontological meaning and value of dance as an art form in the era of COVID-19, based on an observation of the difficult situation that dance currently faces. First, it identifies the ecosystem of dance in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and identifies the artistry as well as forms of dance that have been transformed during the crisis. e.g., cases of dance shifting to digital and online platforms. Second, the study distinguishes dance from its social function and views its aesthetic meaning as pleasure. This indicates that the identity of dance lies in the beauty of the body, in expressing joy and imagination. As a result, the source of beauty in dance art is independent from its practical interests. Dance art is, as it always has been, a body art and mental art that reveals the fragmentary processes of our lives through bodily moves.