IMITATION, EMPATHY AND DANCE Helsinki, March 20, 2010 Petri Hoppu Project Dance in Nordic Spaces Department of Music Anthropology University of Tampere Couple dances Group dances Dancing with the others: social dancing How does one learn to dance? others on the dance floor
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Helsinki, March 20, 2010
Project Dance in Nordic Spaces
Department of Music Anthropology
University of Tampere
Dancers from the Swedish-speaking West Coast
Imitation in dance:
Empathy creates a fundamental relation between self and other: they enact each other reciprocally through it (Thompson 2007)
How can one have kinaesthetic experience from others’ dancing?
This does not imply that some dances would be inaccessible for someone
In general, everyone has a potential to learn whatever dances
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