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(2019) Dance and the quality of life, Dordrecht, Springer.

Babies and dance

questions of origin

Karen Bond , Kirsten Kaschock

pp. 545-548

Part scholarly narrative and part poetics, this short chapter begins with a contextual introduction to Karen Bond's long-standing interest in university dance students' perceptions of "baby dance." Then, based on questions prompted by this introduction and from student papers on the subject of babies and dance (1985–2011), dancer, poet, and novelist Kirsten Kaschock offers a layered, poetic reflection that leaves the question of dance's origin open while acknowledging the value of infants' pre-discursive understanding to questions of dance and the quality of life.

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Bond, K. , Kaschock, K. (2019)., Babies and dance: questions of origin, in K. Bond (ed.), Dance and the quality of life, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 545-548.

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