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Focused on the Cuban social salsa dance rueda de casino, which has been especially developed for teens, Sam Gill argues that dancing is an exemplar of the most important activities that teenagers can do to nourish their development and to assure that they will achieve their potential. Gill demonstrates this claim in some detail from a variety of perspectives, including motivation and happiness, touch and contact, movement and the kinaesthetic sense, physical exercise, community and diversity, creativity and individuality, gender, music, and his own theoretical construct self-othering. Gill argues that while teens need to engage in many kinds of experience, and need to learn language arts, history, mathematics, social sciences, natural sciences, and so much more, dancing is one of the fundamental experiences that make our humanness possible.
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Keywords: dance; dance and brain development; dance pedagogy; dance theory; high school dancing; salsa dance

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Colorado

Publication date: 01 January 2014

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  • Research into spirituality receives comparatively little attention in western dance practices but Dance, Movement & Spiritualities provides a platform for those practitioners and researchers who are actively and creatively working with spirituality at the centre of their practice/research. Contributions are invited from across disciplines.
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