This anthology is dedicated to the challenging and provocative subject of ‘spiritualities’ within the broad domain of somatic movement dance education. This particular line of enquiry is uncommon in dance scholarship and within the field of Somatics movement education generally. Whilst the discourse of somatic practices in relation to dance and body-based practices has steadily grown over the last two decades, research into spiritualities within this broad frame/context is still in its infancy. Our aim has thus been to bring together in one volume a collection of innovative and courageous writings by a large group of prominent authors and movement practitioners, redressing the marginalization of the subject to date. The field of somatic movement dance education studies possesses little, if any, substantive resource in relation to this subject. In contrast, we are pleased to present here, a rich collection of chapters from academics from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada – all committed to the present-day study of spiritualites in somatic movement dance education
Excerpt from Don Hanlon Johnson: "In this volume, we are dealing with the emergence of the voices of “the” body, or “our” bodies, of blood pulsing, of muscular strength and weakness, of air’s flowing through and around us, of touch and being touched, voices that had been silenced by the European Enlightenment which enshrined a disembodied Reason, divorced from what was argued to be the deceptive, seductive, confusing voices of a corpus or a res extensa. That imagined metaphysical rupture also divorced direct experience from language and concept, so that the model of academic achievement was high abstraction. The "body's" wisdom hovers in the same realm as the wisdom of women, tribal peoples, marginalized populations, and children. Intricate words and syntaxes have been eviscerated by the dominant abstractions of power. Many of us have suffered the language abuses of the abstract academic conventions. Susan Griffin compares these conventions to the dissociated language of the Pentagon. The Argentian scholar Maria Julia Carozzi calls them a systemic language of denial. You will find in these pages much wrestling with language crossing back and forth between the verbal and non-verbal doing the careful archaeological sifting to find the articulations buried under centuries of repression."