Dancing to the Rhythm of the Role-Play, Applying Dance Intelligence to Conflict Resolution
(2012) 33:2 Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy 327-362
Posted: 18 Jul 2013
Date Written: 2012
In this chapter, the authors elaborate on a set of alternatives to standardized role-plays that are more dynamic and embodied, and therefore more likely to yield proficiency in practice. Borrowing from fine arts, neuroscience and intercultural communication among other interdisciplinary fields, the authors explain why dance and movement are useful, and even essential, components of conflict resolution education. From their own and others' experiences in the field they examine why practitioners and parties can benefit from the gifts of mirror neurons, somatic empathy and other recently elaborated insights, if they only step away from their tables and dance!
Keywords: conflict resolution, dance, role-playing
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