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Why We DanceA Philosophy of Bodily Becoming$
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Kimerer LaMothe

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171052

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171052.001.0001

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Why Dance?

Why Dance?

(p.1) Why Dance?
Why We Dance

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Columbia University Press

This book offers a visionary account of dance as vital art, one that positions dance as a catalyst in the development of human consciousness, compassion, ritual proclivity, and ecological adaptability. It describes three elements that work together to compose a formal yet flexible understanding designed to illuminate existing dance phenomena while catalyzing the creation of new ones. First, to dance is to create and become patterns of sensation and response. Second, to dance is to move in ways that cultivate a sensory awareness of the dancer's participation; that is, to cultivate a sensory awareness of the self as movement-in-the-making. Third, to dance is to participate consciously in a rhythm of bodily becoming by using sensory awareness as a guide in creating and becoming patterns of sensation and response that realize the body's potential to move. When these three criteria are met, the dancing that happens enables the dancer to acquire knowledge that the book terms ecokinetic.

Keywords:   dance, ecokinetic, sensation, sensory awareness, bodily becoming, dancing, human consciousness, compassion, ritual, ecological adaptability

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