|Published online: April 17, 2014||$US5.00|
Educational methods are influenced by two opposite conceptions of learning: the application of standards and codes, and the incentive to explore and discover things one’s own way. The former method is based on the observation that there is basically one human anatomical—including brain—organization with a few variations; the latter relies on the idea that all humans are different and capable of learning everything. Between these two approaches, embodied in the Tomsich School of Contemporary Dance, there exists a theoretical, technical, and educational framework that promotes a personal but constrained exploration through movement improvisation, and takes into account one’s own resources and limitations. We suggest that using this framework may develop both motor and cognitive flexibility, and promote self-esteem and social integration for all.
|Keywords:||Contemporary Dance, Dance Improvisation, Variability, Flexibility|
The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 8, Issue 1, April 2014, pp.23-29. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 17, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 312.088KB)).
PhD Student, Groupe de Recherche Apprentissage et Contexte, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Lab Head, The Neuropsychological Laboratory CNS-Fed, Paris, France