TITLE

Spiritual origins and belly dance: how and when artistic leisure becomes spiritual

AUTHOR(S)
Kraus, Rachel
PUB. DATE
November 2012
SOURCE
Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices;2012, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p59
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Belly dance is spiritual for some people who participate in this artistic dance form. Utilizing interviews with nineteen female belly dancers in the Midwestern part of the United States, this project examines when and how dancers begin to experience spirituality within belly dance. Results show dancers who situate spirituality within the music, physical movement or connections with other dancers experience spirituality soon after they get involved in belly dance. However, spirituality within the dance takes time to develop for those dancers who find spiritual significance in their connections with audience members during performances. These findings suggest that when a practitioner begins defining belly dance as spiritually meaningful is partly related to the particular aspects of belly dance a dancer associates with spirituality.
ACCESSION #
86407653

 

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