Dance and Somatic Inquiry in Studios and Community Dance Programs

  title={Dance and Somatic Inquiry in Studios and Community Dance Programs},
  author={Martha H. Eddy},
  journal={Journal of Dance Education},
  pages={119 - 127}
When the dancing body is approached from a holistic perspective, which involves experiential inquiry inclusive of physical awareness, cognitive reflection, and insights from feelings, the dancing is somatic. Somatic inquiry emerged as a field in the early twentieth century and has been applied to dance for at least fifty years. While many forms of dance education are inherently somatic in that the educators view their students as whole people (replete with body, mind, emotions, and spirit… Expand
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