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A Study on Methodology of the Integration Dance Therapy ―focusing on the integration of literature, music and meditation elements―

Bae Su Eul 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

The integrative approach combining dance and other arts is able to function as an efficient and timely psychological therapy in the modern society where complexity is significantly high. In this study, the methodology on integration dance therapy is theoretically investigated with a focus on literature, music and meditation elements based on the concept of integration arts therapy. The purpose of this study is to suggest the theoretical grounds for the integrated approach to maximize the effects of dance therapy amid the growing popularity of integration dance therapies and identify corresponding specific methodologies. The methodology of integration dance therapy is found out to have the following implications in the three different respects of literature, music and meditation elements. First, the three elements of literature, music and meditation apply to the integration dance therapy based on respectively different principles. Second, the strength of other art media is relevant to the complementary therapeutical roles which can help fill the loopholes of dance therapies. Third, the approach based on the integration of literature and dance can help patients materialize their thoughts and emotions and demonstrate them with physical movements using a variety of literature genres, including diary, drama, poem, letter, and news article, in proper manners in addition to the application of 'epic' with 'dance work epic' to treatment. Fourth, the approach based on the integration of music and dance can help maximize the expressions of movements through emotional musical experiences and promote the voluntary physical demonstrations through improvised performances in addition to the integrated approaches based on music and other various elements such as rhythm, beat, accent, melody, tone, tempo, and dynamics. Fifth, the approach based on the integration of meditation and dance can feature a phased program consisting of preparation, progress, development and finalization phases based on a variety of dance meditation theories. As dance has the characteristics of an integrated art, the dance therapy can generate a satisfying effect in terms of the gender, age, symptom and preference of the subjects if the elements of dance moves and those of other art media are appropriately combined.

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