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date: 13 April 2021

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This chapter focuses on reimagining our relationship to the dancing body, inviting connection to self, others, and the natural world. Body systems and earth systems are seen as intricately interconnected, and dance as an essential way to experience this connection. Utilizing personal narrative, scientific research, experiential exercises, and visual imagery as modes of inquiry enables one to create the conditions for wellbeing through movement. The goal is to bind subjective experience with a scientific foundation through embodied scholarship. This multifaceted approach enhances the reader’s receptivity to discovery and discernment, encouraging agency in creative projects, intercultural communication, and daily life through dance. Attention is given to the science of perception, including tools for balancing the autonomic nervous system to support healing and creative thinking. Throughout, we foster positive responses to challenging social and environmental conditions through moving, dancing, performing, and writing—celebrating the intrinsic intelligence of the body.

Keywords: body, earth, embodied scholarship, somatic movement practices, autonomic nervous system, amygdala

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