Skip Navigation

Home / Scholars Day

Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Dance: Part of a Healthy Diet

Dance is most often thought of as a performance art or a social activity. How can this art form be used as a path to support one’s general well-being? This paper seeks to explore dance not as a creative process or artistic product, but rather from the actual kinesthetic and social experiences of the participants and how those experiences positively affect or change their moods. By investigating a social dance form like salsa and a modern dance technique class, this presentation will demonstrate that through the release of chemicals within the brain and a shared experience between individuals, a positive mind/body connection can take place. Dance is not being advocated as a healing force, but as a means of building a healthy mind/body connection to support a feeling of overall wellness.

Presenter: Leanne Rinelli (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Dance Theater
Time: 10 am (Session I)