Dance: Perceptions, Cultural Aspects and Emerging Therapies


Stuart Reid (Editor)

Series: Fine Arts, Music and Literature
BISAC: MUS011000

This book discusses the perceptions, cultural aspects and emerging therapies of music and dance, including highlighting the connection that dance has had with spiritual experiences from ancient times to the present day, how dance education could generate a sense of national identity and social cohesion, dance movement therapy (DMT) in 21st century Nigeria, the utility of DMT in the care of Nigerian children with special needs, an examination of the institution of creative art therapies in education as a potent means of enriching and expanding the sector, and perceptions of flamenco dance as a cultural, aesthetic and psychological phenomena with the possibilities of using elements of this dance in psychotherapeutic and medical settings as well. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Influence of Cultural Perceptions in the Development of Dance and their Connection to Peak Performance Spiritual Lived Experiences
Lynda Flower (Studies in Religion, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)

Chapter 2. Gaga as Self Perception and Tuning Availability in Overlapping Cultures
Biliana Vassileva (Department of Humanities, Lille University, Lille, France)

Chapter 3. Promoting National Integration through Dance Education in Singapore Schools
Leong Lai Keun (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Chapter 4. A Creative, Psychotherapeutic Performance Approach to Medical Dance/ Movement Therapy (DMT) in 21st Century Nigeria: Reflections
Gladys Ijeoma Akunna (Department of Theatre & Film Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria)

Chapter 5. Caring for Nigerian Children with Special Needs through Dance Movement Therapy: The National Universities Commission’s Agenda
Gladys Ijeoma Akunna (Department of Theatre & Film Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria)

Chapter 6. Flamenco Dance: Perceptions, Cultural Aspects and Possibilities for its Use in Therapy
Maja S. Vukadinoviæ (Novi Sad Business School – Higher Education Institution for Applied Studies, Serbia, and others)


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