Memoir of a Dancing Life

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


This memoir offers a series of stories that stand out from a long life in dance, a life in which dance has supported happiness, enabling a philosophy of being. I highlight how dance has been a way of life more so than an artistic vocation, describing my career-long commitment to the inclusion of dance and creative movement in early childhood education. Through autobiographical narrative, I recount the origins, turning points, and overall process of this dedication to young children’s quality of educational life. Dancing and moving to learn affords children opportunities to grow positive self-esteem, recognize capabilities, problem-solve, and cooperate with differently-abled others, all while learning their curriculum. From youth to elder, themes of persistence and following one’s dream weave throughout the memoir, including a recent success story in my New Jersey school district.



I am grateful to Jane Bonbright and Rima Faber of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) for their support in publishing my 2002 book, Alphabet Movers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teresa Benzwie
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  1. 1.Center for Creative ChangeCherry HillUSA

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