Enlivening Online Arts Education through the Dancing Body

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This workshop will engage participants in numerous exercises created for online distance arts education courses in which student learning is enlivened through embodied practice. Views of how the body dances and moves throughout space in diverse venues will open questions and discussions about the gendered body, the cultured body, the transgressive body, the virtual body, the empowered body, and the dis-abled body. Discussion will focus on how views of the human body throughout history and within various cultures are connected to the discussion of artistic practice. Exercises will employ Laban Movement Analysis, creative writing methodologies, and visual art observations to find possiblities for discussing how the body is seen moving on the concert stage as well as in popular culture venues. Participants will brainstorm methods for formatting discoveries made in the workshop into appropriate distant learning course work. The emphasis throughout the workshop is to provoke students to be embodied and active shapers of their own art culture.


Keywords: Distance Learning, Arts Education, Embodied Learning, Laban Movement Analysis, Virtual Bodies, Transgressive Identities
Stream: Art and Education
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Linda Caldwell

Associate Professor, Department of Dance, Texas Woman's University
Denton, Texas, USA

Linda Caldwell, Ph.D., is a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Studies as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at Texas Woman's University. She is a co-director of the low-residential doctorate program in Dance at TWU and works extensively with methods for embodying learning through distance education. Her choreographic work has been shown internationally and her research focuses on methods for enlivening the presentation of dance theory in various formats. Currently, she is working with the dance program at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand to create online exchanges between students at TWU and New Zealand. Discovering possibilities for exciting student exchanges locally and internationally underpin her work.

John Niemi

Doctoral Student, Department of Dance
Women's Studies, Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas, USA

John Niemi is a doctoral student in dance and a certificate graduate student in Women's Studies at Texas Woman's University. His dissertation research centers on how the body is viewed and sensed within an online distance learning format. Questions about how the body is discussed theoretically and experienced in practice direct his study.

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