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A somatic engagement of technology
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.
Review of The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training
In The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training, editors Melanie Bales and Rebecca Nettl-Fiol focus directly on “the practices . . . that thread through the jumbled collection of experiences that comprise late twentieth- and very early twenty-first century dance training” (ix). They remind us at once of the centrality of training to the art of dance and to its cultural and epistemic potency. Bales and Nettl-Fiol begin with the premise that training practices are not only skill builders—they are sites for the invention, discovery, and development of dance (viii). As such, they are generative sites of art and knowledge production.