Dance as a moving spirituality: A case study of Movement Medicine

Eline Kieft

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This article describes dance as a moving spirituality through the case study of a specific practice called Movement Medicine. It addresses how a danced spirituality differs from other forms of spirituality, such as meditation and contemplation, and attempts to explore some of the aspects that make dance a unique medium for an embodied, lived and creative spirituality. ‘Feel good feelings’, as well as emerging from difficult emotions encountered on the dance floor, generate a sense of meaning which is translated to taking sustainable, socially just action. Through dance, different states of consciousness can be experienced through which ‘other’ knowledge is accessed and subsequently embodied. In these states, people can also meet and relate to spirit beings, and simultaneously express that relationship through the moving body. Finally, three qualities of dance are discussed, which contribute to concrete, lasting changes in existing life structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-41
Number of pages21
JournalDance, Movement & Spiritualities
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • altered states
  • change and action
  • dance
  • direct
  • immediate and reciprocal experience and expression of spirit and spirit beings
  • embodied spirituality
  • feelings
  • other ways of knowing


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