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Dancing: A Nonverbal Language for Imagining and Learning

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Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning


Dance; Kinesthetic communication; Performing art


Dance is human behavior composed of purposeful, intentionally rhythmical, and culturally influenced sequences of communicative nonverbal body movement and stillness in time, space, and with effort. Dance stylizes movements, some from everyday life, with a degree of conventionality or distinctive imaginative symbolization. Each dance genre has its own aesthetic (standards of appropriateness and competency).

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Dance can engender visions of alternative possibilities in culture, politics, and the environment. Moreover, dance can also foster creative problem-solving and the acquisition, reinforcement, and assessment of nondance knowledge, emotional involvement, social awareness, and self and group identity (Hanna 2008).

Dance is captivating nonverbal communication that involves attention networks, motivation, and reward. Nonverbal communication includes the bodily conveyance of information through...

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Hanna, J.L. (2012). Dancing: A Nonverbal Language for Imagining and Learning. In: Seel, N.M. (eds) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Springer, Boston, MA.

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