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Dancing for Access: How Dancing Complements the Writing Process

A wonderful read from a Boston dance & meditation-inspired writer!

Micaela Kimball

In my last week’s post, I wrote about how using different writing styles (in this case journalistic writing), can help a writer or academic researcher access new ideas. Sticking with the theme of access, this week’s post- Dancing for Access, is about how dancing can allow a writer entrance into new ideas, styles and structures in and through the body’s unique language.

Back in 2010, my Brazilian yoga teacher suggested I try capoeira, which is an Afro-Brazilian practice that fuses dancing and martial arts. Developed as self-defense, a means of escape and a way of maintaining African cultural traditions, capoeira was created by slaves in Brazil as a fight disguised as a dance. Popularly termed a “conversation between two bodies,” in capoeira two people perform a chain of flowing movements, each a reaction to the other’s previous movement.

With the exception of the standard jazz, tap and ballet that…

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