In recent years, many scientific researchers have studied dance experts for insight on the relationship between the mind, body, and perception. Findings from these studies indicate that dance experts think, observe, and execute movement differently than novices. However, the criteria across studies for what constitutes an “expert” in dance is far ranging, making it challenging to compare results across studies.
Through an enactive cognition lens, we seek to better define dance movement expertise through designing multi-modal, mixed-method experiments that take into account the complexity of dance knowledge and learning. Dance practitioners often have overlapping training experiences in multiple styles (e.g. ballet, hip hop) and roles (e.g. performer, teacher) within dance. Training in dance involves both physical and intellectual skills that go beyond technical mastery and memorization. We hypothesize the following categories of movement expertise:
Movement Expertise Survey
We created a survey for research in dance movement expertise. The survey gathers information on multiple genres of physical activities (dance, athletics, martial arts, Somatics, kinesiology), roles within these movement practices (teacher, coach, choreographer, audience member) and information on past and current experience with physical activity and observational practices. The survey includes both quantitative and qualitative questions. We are working to streamline the survey to gather essential information in scientific studies examining movement expertise.
Cuykendall, Shannon and Thecla Schiphorst. “Untying the Knot of Dance Movement Expertise: An Enactive Approach.” Proceedings of A Body of Knowledge Conference-Embodied Cognition and the Arts. CTSA UCI, In Press.
*Part of the MovingStories Project.