The Song of the Body

The Song of the Body
Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing
Edited by Dr Anne Hogan with a preface by Darcey Bussell

Available from 1st October 2014


The Song of the Body takes a wide-ranging look at how dance can contribute to our lives beyond its more widely perceived position as an art form or a means of achieving physical fitness. Could dance actually influence social behaviour, delay the effects of old age or enhance feelings of spirituality? Is enough being done to look after dancers as they build their careers, and what are their options when it finishes?


The voices here are young and old, expert and amateur, influential on the world stage and just well-known at their local leisure centre. Luminaries such as Gillian Lynne, Robert Cohan and Lauren Cuthbertson are heard alongside local heroes, academics, and aspiring youngsters. In a collection of articles, interviews and panel discussions, we see the profound effects of dance on all ages and backgrounds. What all contributors share is a belief in the affirmation, redemption and sheer joy of dance, and how it can contribute to lifelong wellbeing.






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