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Dance Major Journal

UC Irvine

Integrating somatics and meditation into dance curriculum


It can feel impossible to find time to add moments of healthful relaxation to an already crowded dance schedule, but it's something that can enhance a dancer's body and mind. Many universities offer a few courses in somatic techniques, but often they are minimal. The author proposes series of daily classes be offered to dance majors, consisting of Improvisation or Gaga Technique, Stretch and Conditioning, Mindful Meditation, Yoga, and Foam Roller coupled with Self and Partner Massage.

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