A practical research inquiry into somatic informed dance education; the design and making of a movement sourcebook for UK dance undergraduates

  • Charlotte Jaleh Neea

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Arts by Research


    This study looks at the educational alliance between Western Contemporary Dance and Somatic Practices through practical investigation and Scholarly research. The outcome of this study has been to produce a working document or ‘sourcebook’ to illuminate shifts in Dance Education from traditional, instructional approaches, to open facilitation. Specifically, this research project offers a new tool for teaching and a companion critical commentary within current approaches to Somatic informed teaching.

    Operating through mixed mode research, the inquiry, combined case-study groups, questionnaires, literature reviews and self-reflective helps form the production of new resources for a prototype movement sourcebook. Key practitioner’s and experts in the field who inform this study include; Sylvie Fortin, Miranda Tufnell, Chris Crickmay, Glenna Batson, Jill Green and Sandra Kerka, who help outlines the beneficial attributes of Somatic informed Dance education. Each of these offer informed perspectives on the possible gains and challenges to be found, exploring both the positives and negatives of the alliance between Somatics and Dance.

    Specifically, the sourcebook’s central focus is to recognise and produce material which reveals interplay between anatomical awareness and creative application, designed for UK Undergraduate use. Influenced by Body-Mind Centring© and The Skinner Releasing Technique™, the study focuses specifically on the Somatic application of poetic language, imagery and the body systems.
    Date of Award2014
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Coventry University

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