Female Self-Empowerment through Dance

Published: 14 July 2022| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/3b65pfk9rm.1
Heather Harrington


In this article, utilizing the Graham Technique as a tool, I discuss strategies I use in my class to support dance as a way to challenge or transcend sanctioned female identities by shifting the focus from presentation to self-discovery, encouraging ownership of the movement, and exploring a range of physicalities that embody different aspects of the psyche, some socially defined as “masculine” or “feminine” movement. I engage with research coming out of psychology and neurobiology to support the exploration of a diverse range of movement qualities to cultivate both physical and psychological fluidity between expressions.

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Kean University


Psychology, Dance, Feminism, Gender