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date: 19 June 2019

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This part of the book addresses the need for scholarship on dance and wellbeing. Covering the neuroscientific justification for the field and the interconnectedness of wellbeing and health, it sets the stage for discussion explored throughout this book. The chapters focus on biochemical, neuronal, and hormonal changes which occur during dance activity, leading to a positive sense of wellbeing. The relationship between dance and stress is discussed, with regard to the diverse forms of amateur and professional dance. This leads on to discussions of dance as therapy in various forms using empirical research and case studies to reveal how body memory, Authentic Movement, body psychotherapy, and spirituality can enhance wellbeing. Finally, the reader is invited to heighten awareness of her/his own body and the surrounding environment by engaging more deeply, not just cognitively, with the text.

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