“Dance is My Dragon Point”: Spirituality among Professional Dancers

Abstract: Using bodylore concepts of kinesthetic empathy in conjunction with spirituality scholarship, this research works to demonstrate the blurred boundaries between secular and spiritual activity in a particular occupation. Despite the vast range and popularity of professional dance jobs in America, currently social science discourse, such as that in folkloristics and anthropology, have paid little attention to the field, a problem this work seeks to resolve by interviewing professional dancers directly about what they experience internally when they undertake such a bodily occupation.

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Castleman, Samantha. 2020. “‘Dance is My Dragon Point’: Spirituality among Professional Dancers.” Folklore Forum 44: 1–18.


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