Improvisation in Contemporary Dance: Applications in Education and Health

By Lena Ferrufino and Olivier A. Coubard.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Educational methods are influenced by two opposite conceptions of learning: the application of standards and codes, and the incentive to explore and discover things one’s own way. The former method is based on the observation that there is basically one human anatomical – including brain – organization with a few variations; the latter relies on the idea that all humans are different and capable of learning everything. Between these two approaches, we propose a contemporary dance framework that promotes a personal but constrained exploration through movement improvisation, and takes into account one’s own resources and limitations. We suggest that using this framework may develop both motor and cognitive flexibility, and promote self-esteem and social integration for all.

Keywords: Contemporary Dance, Dance Improvisation, Variability, Flexibility

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.53-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.057MB).

Lena Ferrufino

PhD student, 1 Groupe de Recherche Apprentissage et Contexte, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; 190 avenue de France; 75013 Paris; France, The Neuropsychological Laboratory, CNS-Fed; 39 rue Meaux; 75019 Paris; France, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France

Biologist (MSc University Mayor San Simon, Cochabamba, Bolivia) and specialized in motor control (MSc Collège de France, Paris, France), the author is currently PhD student at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France). Dancer, dance professor, choreographer, and dance therapist from the Tomsich Shool of Contemporary Dance in Bolivia, she has worked with children, older adults, and brain-damaged, including Alzheimer disease, patients.

Dr. Olivier A. Coubard

The Neuropsychological Laboratory, CNS-Fed; 39 rue Meaux; 75019 Paris; France, The Neuropsychological Laboratory, Paris, France

Neuropsychologist (MSc University Chambéry, France) and PhD in cognitive psychology (Collège de France, Paris, France), the author is specialized in motor and cognitive control, eye movements, binocular vision, neuropsychological rehabilitation, and aging. He has been founder and in charge of The Neuropsychological Laboratory (Paris, France) since 2008.

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