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Within intellectual paradigms that privilege mind over matter, dance has long appeared as a marginal, derivative, or primitive art. Drawing support from theorists and artists who embrace matter as dynamic and agential, this book offers a visionary definition of dance that illuminates its constitutive work in the ongoing evolution of human persons. Why We Dance introduces a philosophy of bodily becoming that posits bodily movement as the source and telos of human life. Within this philosophy, dance appears as an activity that humans evolved to do as the enabling condition of their best bodily becoming. Weaving theoretical reflection with accounts of lived experience, this book positions dance as a catalyst in the development of human consciousness, compassion, ritual proclivity, and ecological adaptability. Aligning with trends in new materialism, affect theory, and feminist philosophy, as well as advances in dance and religious studies, this work reveals the vital role dance can play in reversing the trajectory of ecological self-destruction along which human civilization is racing.
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This is a collection of works by internationally recognised women leading the field of dance research and spirituality across the globe. Building on current soulful research scholarship in the discipline, these authors offer extensive and detailed research into spirituality, dance, gender, religion, and somatics women-centred dance research. Written by women dance scholars in higher education, this evocative and illuminating work highlights a growing discourse on gendered leadership in dance research. Spiritual Herstories provides new pathways and innovative research methods that respond to the educational needs of women emerging in male-centric socio-historic research traditions.
"This book is a first reader in Philippine dance, observed through forty-five years of viewing, reviewing, and doing. It is one observer's understanding of what, where, or how is dance, and who makes it and why we dance. It attempts to answer these questions, aware that more questions ought to be further asked."--BOOK JACKET.
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Dance Appreciation is an exciting exploration of how to understand and think about dance in all of its various contexts. This book unfolds a brief history of dance with engaging insight into the social, cultural, aesthetic, and kinetic aspects of various forms of dance. Dedicated chapters cover ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip-hop dance, complete with summaries, charts, timelines, discussion questions, movement prompts, and an online companion website all designed to foster awareness of and appreciation for dance in a variety of contexts. This wealth of resources helps to uncover the fascinating history that makes this art form so diverse and entertaining, and to answer the questions of why we dance and how we dance. Written for the novice dancer as well as the more experienced dance student, Dance Appreciation enables readers to learn and think critically about dance as a form of entertainment and art.
Dancing for An Audience of One will give insight to the praise dance minister and those who aspire to dance for the Lord, a greater understanding of who and why we dance. This book will teach and instruct on the principles of who we dance for. The readers will get a better understanding of dancing for God and not for show. It is my conviction, and I hope that for many other praise dancers that this will be their conviction as well-that we are not entertainers, we are not performers, but we are dance ministers. We are here to reach souls for Christ through the ministry of dance! God is ultimately the reason why we dance, and when dancing for Him, we should come with reverence and humility knowing that He is to be lifted up and given the highest praise and worship during our ministering. It's easy to lose focus when the enemy makes light of who and why we dance. No, you are not dancing for Mom or Dad. No, you are not dancing for Ma-Ma or even Pop-pop. You are not dancing for the co-worker that you invited or even for the pastor. You are dancing for God, the One who gave his life for you on the cross. All others are what I call beneficiaries and supporters, which are needed. However, keep focus on dancing for God first. This book that you hold will reveal some things about the dance ministry that you may or may not have known, but after reading this book, you will be able to see some of the tricks that the enemy will play. You will have a better understanding of why you dance and who you are dancing for. You will learn a few things even about yourself as a dance minister that we all have encountered at dance practice or outside of dance practice. Knowing that our bodies are temples and are being used to speak to God and His people through movement is an awesome privilege. Dancing for God breaks strong-holds, lifts spirits, encourages, rebukes, discipline, touches a heart, and can make a difference between being lost and coming to the marvelous light. This book, although it was written with the dance minister in mind, reaches across ministries and can be helpful to any ministry within the church of Jesus Christ.

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