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Free Content West African dance education as spiritual capital: A perspective from the United States

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This dance ethnography highlights the work of the Dambe Project (DP), a non-profit organization based in Tucson, Arizona that specializes in West African dance education. The study demonstrates Guinea dance to be a provider of transformative knowledge, and analyses how the pedagogy and final performance provided high school students the opportunity for constructing (post)colonial and self-knowledge that enriches their lives both culturally and spiritually. This research strives to provide a West African understanding of dance that informs teaching philosophies, as well as what Karen Clemente (2008) calls ‘the spiritual realm and potential of our pedagogies’.

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Keywords: West African dance; dance education; knowledge; multicultural; postcolonial; spirituality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Otago

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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