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Skinner Releasing Technique: dancing from within

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Abstract:

This article begins by introducing some thoughts on the current place of somatic approaches to learning dance in higher education. Specific references are then made to the pedagogy of Skinner Releasing Technique and the ways in which this practice cultivates body awareness, creative play and personal artistry. The article concludes with suggestions as to why we should be making space for somatic approaches in dance education.

Keywords: Skinner Releasing Technique; pedagogy; somatic

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.1.2.169_1

Affiliations: The University of Chester.

Publication date: 2009-12-01

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  • This journal focuses on the relationship between dance and somatic practices, and the influence of this body of practice on the wider performing arts. The journal will be aimed at scholars and artists, providing a space for practitioners and theorists to debate the work, to consider the impact and influence of the work on performance, the interventions that somatic practices can have on other disciplines and the implications for research and teaching.
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