Becoming a Bodily Self

An Ecokinetic Approach to the Study of Religion
  • Kimerer L. LaMothe
Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)


In dance techniques across styles and genres, including western forms of ballet, jazz, and modern, dancers rely on a similar sequence of movements in order to launch their bodily selves off the ground and then safely, gracefully, land again. The sequence consists of several running steps followed by a leap. With each running step, a dancer builds intensity and speed into her bodily self, gathering up the energy she will release into the leap. On the final run, as her front foot touches down and presses into the earth, she swings her back leg forward to lift her whole bodily self off the ground. With this single motion of both pushing down and lifting up, a dancer propels herself through space, before she lands once again—moving up while touching down—on her outstretched, leading leg.


Movement Pattern Bodily Movement Religious Belief Mirror Neuron Spiritual Dimension 
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