Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities

Contemporary Sacred Narratives

Edited by Amanda Williamson, Glenna Batson, Sarah Whatley, and Rebecca Weber

Edited by Amanda Williamson, Glenna Batson, Sarah Whatley, and Rebecca Weber

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

500 pages | 64 halftones | 7 x 9
Cloth $71.00 ISBN: 9781783201785 Published January 2015

Presenting a rich mosaic of embodied contemporary narratives in spirituality and movement studies, this book explicitly studies the relationship between spirituality and the field of Somatic Movement Dance Education. It is the first scholarly text to focus on contemporary spirituality within the domain of dance and somatic movement studies.

Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities brings together prominent authors and practitioners in order to elucidate how a wide range of sacred narratives/spiritualities are informing pedagogy, educational and therapeutic practice. As well as providing new insights and promoting creative/artistic awareness, this seminal text de-mystifies the spiritual/sacred and brings clarity and academic visibility to this largely uncharted and often misrepresented subject.

Veta Goler, Division Chair for Arts and Humanities and Associate Professor of Dance, Spelman College
“By addressing various notions about forms of spirituality within the contexts of meditative movement, classroom and other directed movement activities, and dance performance, the authors provide an expansive view of somatic experience and spirituality.”
Daniel Deslauriers, Transformative Studies Doctorate Program, California Institute of Integral Stud
“A tremendous gift for somatic practitioners, artists, teachers and all who seek to illuminate the subtle nuances of embodied life. This collection reaches wide and deep to trace the diverse contours of somatic knowing in its fullness.”
Fiona Bannon, | Senior Lecturer in Dance in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds
“Academics and practitioners will find stimulation for related research projects in this substantial work, which also provides a basis for literary research for students in this field.”
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