Serious Play: The Role of Play in Dance in Higher Education
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Play is integrated far more in children's lives than in adults' lives, and a variety of research supports the positive effects of play and creativity in education. However, once we enter into higher education and adulthood, play is less encouraged and may be even nonexistent. For many adults, work and play become two separate entities, and many adults believe that part of becoming an adult means to put aside the desires to play and be serious in order to succeed. To address the misconceptions of play and play in dance, the study investigates the potential of play in dance in higher education. Through the development of a curriculum, the study investigates a pedagogy of play within movement, creativity, and self-expression in dance. The evaluation of the design and outcomes of the curriculum and implemented study has resulted in identifying emergent themes as the fundamentals of play in dance.
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