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The relationship between dance and technology is often framed as oppositional. Dance engages the body, while technology supersedes it, each being defined and positioned in relation to the human physical body. This paper proposes that the dichotomization obscures the social impact of new technologies. To test this proposition, a somatic framework is utilized to identify the similarities, rather than the differences between dance and technology. This framework serves as a lens to analyze the implications of specific technologies on human development, education and the self. This work contributes to a growing body of research that seeks to better understand the personal and larger social impact of new technology.