Faculty: Danielle Franks
Description: This course will explore the connections between physical movement/dance, mindfulness practice, and mental health. Students will become familiar with the psychological literature regarding the benefits of movement on both physical and mental health, the benefits of mindfulness and movement practices, the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles of psychological flexibility and self-compassion, and the basic principles of art and movement therapy techniques. After learning about these principles, students will complete frequent mindfulness exercises in order to apply these principles to their own lives. The class will also explore and discuss the history and development of various forms of dance and the impact they have had on society and various sub-cultures. In addition to didactic material, students will learn basic techniques of various forms of dance (e.g., ballet, jazz, ballroom, aerial arts, etc.). Some of these styles will be taught by the instructor on campus, while others will be taught by outside instructors in dance studios in the DFW area. In our exploration of the benefits of movement, students will adopt a culturally-inclusive lens and explore the various types of dance and movement across cultures. Students will complete a group presentation on a chosen traditional cultural dance. At the end of the course (if COVID restrictions and scheduling allow for it), the class will attend a cultural dance performance in the DFW area to further gain knowledge and appreciation for these art forms.
Meeting Dates: 01/02/2024 – 01/24/2024
Meeting Times: M-F 10:00AM – 01:00PM
Meeting Location: Ida Green 203
Section Requisites: Instructor permission required via email
Course Fee: $150
Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $75