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ERIC Number: EJ1031784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1529-0824
Experiencing Our Anatomy: Incorporating Human Biology into Dance Class via Imagery, Imagination, and Somatics
Kirk, Johanna
Journal of Dance Education, v14 n2 p59-66 2014
This article proposes a model for introducing biological perspectives into teaching dance as a means to encourage students toward deeper, healthier, and more personal relationships with their art form as well as appreciation for their physical and cognitive abilities, both inside and outside of the dance studio. It recommends that dance teachers provide students with information about body systems and processes that is in line with Western science's anatomization of the body in the interest of inspiring students' personal somatic exploration. It puts forth that this teaching strategy will enhance students' clarity about the intent and mechanics of dance technique and their investment in it. The article also outlines a sample somatic-based class geared toward university students, which illustrates how the respiratory system can be introduced to dance students, thereby providing a teaching model for how dance educators can initiate the incorporation of biological topics into their classes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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