A Guide for Dance Experiences
This section discusses Dance Maps, user-friendly maps that present simple structures for use as a guide for dance experiences. Designed for those who want to claim the dancer within, from the professional dancer to the novice, Dance Maps are performance templates not only for the studio but also for natural and architected environments. They are intended to help spark creative uses of transformational dance somatics. Several authors of this book provide examples, including a version of “Be a Stone” and “Be Spinach and Stone Butoh” mapped by Sondra Fraleigh; Back-to-Back exploration for Catherine Schaeffer’s “Motional Baggage”; Ecodances mapped by Alison East; a memory-based transformational Dance Map mapped by Kelly Ferris Lester; and a movement meditation mapped by Robert Bingham. These examples show how teachers of dance in somatic contexts can engage in community building through exploration of choreographic and improvisational structures based on Dance Maps.
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