Faculty Collaboration in Somatics and Dance Technique

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 )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Many universities are now applying somatic practices to dance technique classes. Yet there is little research addressing the pedagogy of somatic theory and practice within a curricular context. Additionally, somatic theory is often taught in separate lecture courses and there is not much discussion about how to weave somatic theory and practice through interdisciplinary or intradisciplinary approaches. A collaborative pedagogical approach to somatics may be accomplished through the joint efforts of faculty who teach different types of classes such as lecture and technique courses.This lecture-demonstration addresses pedagogical strategies for joining somatic theory and practice. We begin with an introduction of our separate scholarly areas of performance and choreography, and research in somatics. We then address the discussions that led to an exploratory series of classes combining a technique class and a body lecture course; demonstrate strategies developed from our work together and examples of working through various somatic and anatomical concepts; and discuss curricular and research possibilities as well as issues and problems raised during this project. The lecture-demonstration attempts to bring together an array of curricular teaching subjects including pedagogy, choreography, research, and scholarship through a focus on somatic theory and practice.

Additional Information

2011 National Dance Education Conference Proceedings
Language: English
Date: 2011
somatics, dance, pedagogy of somatic theory, somatic practice

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