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Dance as a healing art : returning to health with movement & imagery
Halprin, Anna.
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Mendocino, Calif. : LifeRhythm, [2000]

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196 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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RM931.D35 H34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Library Journal Review

A dancer who has worked for the past 15 years with people suffering from AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses, Halprin advocates dance therapy as a path to healing. From the start, her book makes the vital distinction between healing and curing: "To cure is to physically eliminate a disease.... To heal is to operate on many dimensions simultaneously, by aiming at attaining a state of emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical health." Noting that a person may be cured without being healed and healed without being cured, Halprin makes it clear that her goal is not to cure or to dismiss Western medicine but to help heal her students. In Halprin's approach, which involves four components (sensation, movement, feelings/emotions, and imagery), basic movements are the starting point of personal expression as the dance is transformed into a person's life experience. By providing lesson plans, activities, and class objectives, Halprin's book serves more as a curriculum guide for teachers and health professionals than as a self-help guide for patients. Recommended for academic or college libraries that support dance and/or health curriculums. Hospital libraries might also find this text useful.DDebra Mitts, Glenview P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Both inspirational and utilitarian, this title describes the use of dance to promote healing in cancer patients. The poignant, captioned photos alone would make for a riveting publication, but Halprin intends this book as a practical guideline for those who want to initiate this kind of work. The author first describes the theoretical basis for her work, then provides nine sample lesson plans. These require no technical expertise and are thus accessible to any reader. Summary chapters broaden the scope of the work, suggesting that not only cancer patients but also the community at large can enjoy dance as "a vehicle for transformation and healing." Also included is a list of related books, tapes, and music. Written not as an academic study but as a sharing of the long experience and findings of a master teacher, artist, and therapist, the book only alludes to the body of scientific studies validating healing through the expressive arts; this reviewer was frustrated by the lack of complete citations for further reading and reference. Nonetheless, a beautiful book in form and content, heartening from the first cover photo to the final student quote. For large collections supporting the study of dance, movement, and healing. E. F. Gelbard; University of Mississippi