Somatic Practices and Dance: Global Influences

…I often begin the first class by asking, “Where is your mind?” Usually, the students will immediately point to (or place their hands on) their heads. However, several years ago   one person offered a different response: He placed his hand on his heart. He also  happened to be the only one in the class who was not an American. He was an African student  from Nigeria. (Seymour  Kleinman,  2001, 1).

Seymour  Kleinman (2001, 1).


My main focus is to reveal the existence of global influences on the development and teaching of somatic principles and disciplines and to discuss why these influences are not in the forefront of somatic inquiry.  I hypothesize that the search for “the universal, "the humanistic,” or “the

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