What is it about?

I discuss strategies I use in my class to support dance as a way to challenge, change, or transcend sanctioned female identities by shifting the focus from presentation to self-discovery, encouraging ownership of the movement, and exploring a range of physicalities that embody different aspects of the psyche—some socially defined as “masculine” (such as hard-hitting, percussive, aggressive) or “feminine” (such as soft, rounded, lyrical) movement.

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Why is it important?

With the attack from the Supreme Court on the rights of women to own their bodies, I believe this article that examines finding agency in the female body is needed.


I believe that finding one's voice is revealed through the body. By exploring the expression of the body, one can disrupt societal patterns, and find a new perspective. The body leads and the mind follows.

Heather Harrington
Kean University

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This page is a summary of: Female Self-Empowerment through Dance, Journal of Dance Education, April 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/15290824.2019.1542700.
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