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From 2005 to 2006 LUDUS Dance, a professional contemporary dance and dance-in-education company based in the English city of Lancaster were funded by the Arts Council England to deliver a dance programme to a school for children encountering profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). Following the reported impact of incorporating dance into the educational experience of the participating children, this article considers why dance and somatic practice may be of particular significance for the individual encountering PMLD, situating the question of the place of dance and movement in education, and its impact on those encountering PMLD, in a deeper theoretical context.

Keywords: PMLD; communication; concept of the self; dance; identity; somatic practice

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Sheffield Hallam University.

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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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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