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Dance: Essence and Potentialities

1. The rhythmically unified body movement of dance is a universal expression of human aliveness, of human life. Dance ‘acts out’ the most fundamental human traits—corporality, and the urge to move. It shapes space and time in dynamic periods, and opens them up to sensory experience. Not only can it express feelings of gladness, sorrow, emotion, power, love, and eroti…

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Neitzke, Dietmar, “Dance”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 27 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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