Somatics: A growing and changing field.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jill I. Green, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: With the recent popularity of somatics in dance classes, choreography, kinesiological studies, dance therapy, dance educational theory, body studies, cultural studies, and other facets of dance education, it is time to take a look at how we define and apply somatics to diverse areas within our discipline. The use of somatic practices has increased over the last twenty years. Many dance teachers now incorporate somatic practices and principles into their dance classes and somatics has become a growing area of study within dance. However, somatics has meant different things to different people. As Sylvie Fortin points out in her article, many dance teachers use terms such as body practices, body-mind techniques, body-mind studies, body therapies, and so forth to describe methods that work to integrate bodily experiences and move inward to embrace inner knowing. However, these terms reflect the difficulty of language that separates the ideas of body and mind, even though these very terms strive to tie them together.

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Language: English
Date: 2002
somatics, dance education, kinesiology, somatic practices, dance teachers

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