Touch overall and hands-on feedback in particular, have occupied an important position in dance education for a long time; however, its use has been questioned over the last few decades. In this workshop we will explore the different research on touch within disciplines such as child development, dance therapy, somatics, and psychiatry and link the findings to possible uses in teaching and learning dance. We will also look at the positive and negative aspects of the application of touch through discussions of published works as well as Dr. Outevsky’s personal experience as a dancer and teacher.
This workshop can be done in-person or online. It lasts 2 hours but can be longer by request to get a more in-depth overview of the topic. The in-person version of this seminar is part participatory, part lecture-based so the students should be ready to move and explore the principles on their own bodies.