Dance; conversation starters 

With dance we can look at topics that can be difficult to talk about. Dance allows for new angles and for expressing the things that are beyond words.

Here is a little collection of things I have found fascinating and moving.

How can men and girls engage with each other in positive ways in societies full of fear?

Personal journey of an indigenous Australian ballet dancer. The world of dance often reflects the mainstream discrimination that happens in our society – dance can be very elitist and exclusive.

Dance can also be inclusive and bring joy to all of us. We are all responsible for defining what gets called dance.

Personally I think dance is about using your body for expression. It’s not about looking gorgeous, being super-flexible or having the fastest feet. I see any physical expression that captures my heart through authenticity as dance.

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Sunday collection (non verbal inspiration)

The past couple of months my obsession with dance has crawled up on me – slowly but surely.
I keep wondering what it is about dance that makes me feel this indescribable feeling inside. I love technique and am fascinated with body control. But dance is nothing without intent, without something pouring from the dancing body – something more than the body, more than the person, more than the movements…

Here are some of the things I have been inspired by recently

Sergei Polunin
Music by Hozier

Butoh dancer Maki Watanabe

Glorious mix of 66 dance scenes. Old school stuff

Pilobolus

Sia – bird set free
Dancer Ricky Ubeda

Sia – elastic heart
Dancers Shia LeBeuof and Maddie Ziegler
Choreography by Ryan Heffington

Articles about Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy

I like this. Wonder how long they will be available for.
Bodywork, body awareness therapy, dance and massages has been some of the most important parts of my journey towards living more harmoniously with my unusual sensory experiences, shifting mind-states and physical pain and exhaustion.

“To honour the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, the Editor-in-Chief, Helen Payne, Editors, Vicky Karkou, Gill Westland and Tom Warnecke have chosen ten articles from the past ten years for you to enjoy for free.”

http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/beh/tbmd-10th-anniversary