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The Dance: Essence of Embodiment

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An analysis of movement, and particularly of dance,helps us to see in an extraordinarily effective way the meaningof embodiment. This paper then looks through the eyes ofdance theorists and at philosophers who consider dance andmovement and their meaning of embodiment. A study of movementand dance encompasses the fullest meaning of embodiment: that theembodied way of being-in-the-world is also an embedded way ofbeing in a world of others. Dance has critically importantsocial ramifications. In our own and other cultures, dance playsan important role in healing and in health enhancement.

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Block, B., Kissell, J.L. The Dance: Essence of Embodiment. Theor Med Bioeth 22, 5–15 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1009928504969

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