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Dance and Trauma

Dance has been an important part of human life dating back to prehistoric times. Dancers have even been depicted on 9,000-year-old rock paintings in India. One of the earliest uses of dances may have been expressive performance and the telling of traumatic events such as wars. Before written language, dance was one of the methods of passing these stories down from generation to generation. Another early use of dance was to induce trance states for healing rituals. Dance is still used for this purpose in many cultures from Indonesia to Africa.

Using Dance to Heal Trauma

Historically, dance was used not only used as an expressive medium to tell the story of traumatic events but also to assist in the healing of trauma. Since the 19th century ...

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