Enlivening Online Arts Education through the Dancing Body
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
Dr. Linda Caldwell
Associate Professor, Department of Dance, Texas Woman's University
Doctoral Student, Department of Dance