Volume 20 Number 12 June 7, 2019

To Offer Dance as Aesthetic Experience and Communication Among Elderly People: An Art-Based Study

Cecilia Ferm Almqvist
Södertörn University, Sweden

Ninnie Andersson
University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Citation: Ferm Almqvist, C. & Andersson, N. (2019). To offer dance as aesthetic experience and communication among elderly people: An art-based study. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 20(12). Retrieved from http://doi.org/10.26209/ijea20n12


As a contribution to the field of community dance, this article explores the teacher role in a setting where elderly people are offered to take part in a dance workshop. The aim of the study is to describe the role of the teacher when offering participation in dance as an artistic form among elderly people. The theoretical starting-point for the study is aesthetic experience and communication, based on a phenomenological philosophy, and the approach is arts-based research. The workshop series was observed and filmed. Written reflections were gathered and six of the participants were interviewed. The research material was analyzed in a phenomenological manner. The result shows that the choreographer influences possibilities for participation regarding: how workshops are designed and the inputs that are given, the atmosphere that is created, how the participants are to use their bodies, and how dance as an artistic form of expression is offered.

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