Everywhere for W. B. Yeats, but most famously in ‘Among School-children’, dance symbolizes a desired unity of being:

O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,

How can we know the dancer from the dance?


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    ‘The Egalitarian Waltz’ in What is Dance? ed. Roger Copeland and Marshall Cohen (New York: Oxford University Press, 1983) pp. 521–32.Google Scholar
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    The following discussion owes much to Sondra Fraleigh’s superb book Dance and the Lived Body: A Descriptive Aesthetics (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1987), abbreviated henceforward as Fradeigh.Google Scholar
  3. Hanna, Judyth Lynne To Dance is Human: A Theory of Nonverbal Communication (Austin and London: University of Texas Press, 1979), p. 66.Google Scholar

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