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What is Brain Dance?

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By Danielle Pierce-Master, MA Dance / Edited by Samantha Bellerose, B.Ed, Dip.Dance(Performing Arts)

The BrainDance is not a dance style, but a “flexible framework” that was developed by Anne Green Gilbert and heavily informed by Bartenieff Fundamentals. It is a somatic exercise that can be performed in a myriad of ways. 

The BrainDance consists of eight developmental movement patterns that most typically developing humans go through in their first year of life. The BrainDance includes the following patterns: Breath, Tactile, Core/Distal, Head/Tail, Upper/Lower, Body/Side, Cross-Lateral, and Vestibular. It is typically used as a warm-up in classes taught using Brain-Compatible Dance Education.

Brain-Compatible Dance Pedagogy involves a conceptual approach to teaching, an emphasis on the social nature of learning, and collaborative exploration. You can learn more about this at Move Dance Learn or at Creative Dance Center.

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