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Reimagining Dance in Education for the 21st Century: Sustaining the Somatic

Jack Yantis
Antioch University Seattle

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     Last modified: October 18, 2007
     Presentation date: 07/19/2007 10:10 AM in Coast Hotel Beach Room
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Abstract
Somatic understanding is at the core of imaginative education; yet as a learner moves through the other levels of understanding, the body and the significance of its primary role in learning may be lost through the absence of intentional explorations of movement in our educational curriculums and institutions. This workshop would examine, through participation and dialogue, how shifting patterns and perspectives of dance in education might enable educators to keep somatic understanding alive and healthy as the learner matures.

Such practices as Contact Improvisation, Skinner Releasing Technique, Authentic Movement, Body-Mind Centering, Martial Arts and Yoga, Community Dance and Social Dance have extended the field of dance beyond the presentational conventions of ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop. How can these emerging practices be integrated into imaginative education and give opportunities for learners to dance their understandings of themselves and the world around them? How can we as educators sustain the play of the mind through the primacy of the body is a question we hope to address through collaborative investigations of the possibilities dance can bring to 21st Century excellence in imaginative education.

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