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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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To Dance Is to Connect

To Dance Is to Connect

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Why We Dance

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Columbia University Press

This chapter argues that to dance is to connect and challenges the materialist idea—inclined against dancing—that humans are individuals first and foremost who choose to enter into relationships our bodily movements create with those who support us in becoming who we are. In other words, every movement “we” as individuals make expresses an impulse to connect with whatever other movements have enabled and will enable our ongoing participation in the rhythms of bodily becoming. With this shift in our notion of human individuality come ample resources for affirming dance as a vital art. This chapter suggests that dancing may be fruitfully envisioned as an activity that provides humans with the knowledge we need in order to connect with other humans in mutually life-enabling ways. It also considers the concept of attachment and the discovery of mirror neurons, along with their implications for understanding dance.

Keywords:   dance, dancing, bodily movement, bodily becoming, individuality, art, knowledge, attachment, mirror neurons

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