Somatic Movement Dance Education: A Feminist, Cognitive, Phenomenological Perspective on Creativity in Dance

  • Rebecca Weber
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 73)


Dance, as a practice of coupling the sensate moving being with the environmental context, is a form of embodied meaning-making. Somatics, the field of mind-body integration, offers pedagogical frameworks that can deepen the benefits of dance education in relation to bodily attention and perception, individual autonomy, and intersubjective mutuality. This chapter introduces contemporary theories of cognition that support an understanding of the types of meaning-making inherent in dance and Somatics and examines Somatics’ grounding in feminism and existential phenomenology. The author suggests that the subjective and intersubjective benefits of Somatic Movement Dance Education (SMDE) have relevance to cognitive psychological theories of creativity, proposing that SMDE can afford dancers with more creative movement generation in dance choreography.


Somatics SMDE Mind-body integration Creativity Choreography Cognitive psychology 



This research was funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant for “In the Dancer’s Mind: Creativity, Novelty, and the Imagination;” Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research, Chancellor’s Fund, and Centre for Global Engagement; the Rebecca Skelton Fund; and the MARCS Institute at the University of Western Sydney.


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  • Rebecca Weber
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  1. 1.Coventry UniversityCoventryUK

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