What is dance? I suspect I will spend the rest of my life and career
answering this question. When dance happens may be a more interesting
question to ask. I think dance happens when three things intersect:
intent, setting (immediate space or location) and context (broader social,
political, religious, community culture.) It may be the inspiration of
movement when someone feels joy or sadness, it may be when a community
moves together, or it may even be a formal concert presentation. In each of
these creative movement experiences is an intent to dance, a setting where
it happens and a context in which it occurs which make it dance.

John A. Niemi, MA is a first year doctoral student in the Department of
Dance at Texas Woman’s University.


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