Philosophy Of Dance Education

The heart of EDA’s philosophy of education lies in establishing connections. I believe that dance and movement are a medium that can connect one’s deepest level of awareness to one’s true self. It is a means of communication with self, others, and the environment. I believe everyone has the potential to move beautifully while finding enlightenment through the creative processes of dance. I focus on producing critical thinking dancers versus simple moving bodies.

Dance is a process through which intellect is challenged by the engagement of soma-esthetic awareness and creative interpretations. It is a physically rigorous practice requiring negotiation between the realities of physics and anatomical structures. Dancers are asked to diligently investigate what they are doing and question why they are doing it. In doing so, each individual begins to learn and express themselves from an internal place of understanding rather than an externally cultivated schema, allowing a holistic and personal creative voice. This creates a culture of integrative thought and action.

To achieve these personal connections deep within, as well as the connections between people and the environment, I implement the use of traditional and contemporary dance forms. Special attention is placed onto the development of improvisational techniques, understanding of dance in historical contexts, intersection of dance theory and practice, examinations of personal choreographic processes, and explorations into the potentials of intermedia design and performance.

I firmly believe that learning and creating go hand in hand. This educational blend is a simultaneous process of connecting preexisting understandings, creating a space of emotional security, maintaining a balance of information delivery, and challenging one’s self to take ownership of one’s independent learning and creativity; thereby transitioning from a receiver to producer.