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ERIC Number: EJ1103925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1529-0824
Designing Modern Dance Classes for the Mature Mover: Physiological and Psychological Considerations
Brodie, Julie A.; Lobel, Elin E.
Journal of Dance Education, v16 n2 p48-57 2016
Dancers are continuing to dance longer due to changes in technique and increased awareness of the body and safe movement practices. Even after performing careers have ended, it is healthy both physically and emotionally for dancers to continue to take technique class, particularly if they are teaching dance classes. It can be a challenge, however, finding a class that is appropriate and fulfilling for the skilled, mature dancer. This article discusses changes commonly seen with the aging process and how modern dance classes can be designed to meet the changing needs of a lifelong mover. Specific activities that can slow or ease the degenerative process are included, as well as suggestions for class structure and content. These ideas are derived from exercise science research, and the approach is augmented with somatic sensibility that is then applied to dance technique.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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