© 2019

Dance and the Quality of Life

  • Karen Bond

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 73)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Karen Bond
    Pages 1-20
  3. Dancing Ecology, Sustaining Earth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Sondra Fraleigh
      Pages 23-44
    3. Don Asker
      Pages 45-65
  4. Spirituality

  5. Philosophical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Sally Gardner
      Pages 155-165
    3. Aili Bresnahan, Michael Deckard
      Pages 185-203
  6. Dancing Gender, Dancing Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Byron Richard
      Pages 207-225
    3. Isto Turpeinen, Ralph Buck
      Pages 227-243
  7. Health, Wellbeing, Ability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261

About this book


This is the first volume devoted to the topic of dance and quality of life. Thirty-one chapters illuminate dance in relation to singular and overlapping themes of nature, philosophy, spirituality, religion, life span, learning, love, family, teaching, creativity, ability, socio-cultural identity, politics and change, sex and gender, wellbeing, and more. With contributions from a multi-generational group of artists, community workers, educators, philosophers, researchers, students and health professionals, this volume presents a thoughtful, expansive-yet-focused, and nuanced discussion of dance’s contribution to human life. The volume will interest dance specialists, quality of life researchers, and anyone interested in exploring dance’s contribution to quality of living and being.


Dance and Quality of Life Dance and Well-Being Arts in Human Development Drawing and Childhood Dance Intrinsic Dance and Quality of Moving Dance and Meaning in the Anthropocene Role of Dancing in Human Life Evolutionary Theories on Dance and Religion Dancing the Life Span Dance Education for Men Teenage Dancer's Perceptions of Identity Dancing Elders in Northern Australia Dance and Quality of Life in Schools Dance and Freedom for University Students Interactive Cognitive Subsystems (ICS) Teaching Dance in Dance in Higher Education Dancing with Post-Partum Depression Quality of Life of Dancers with Parkinson Life-Changing and Disability-Inclusive Dance

Editors and affiliations

  • Karen Bond
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DanceTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

About the editors

Dr. Karen Bond is Chair of the Temple University Department of Dance, Philadelphia, USA. She was formerly Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Dance Education and Research at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she developed several of Australia’s first Master’s level courses in dance. She was a founding member of Al Wunder’s Theatre of the Ordinary, Australia's first improvisational performance company, and of Adzohu, a West African music and dance ensemble based at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She is known for her research into experiences and meanings of dance for participants from a range of populations and settings encompassing education, community arts, performance and therapy. Dr. Bond is widely published in books, journals and conference publications, and has presented papers, courses, and workshops in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Jamaica, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Saipan, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the USA. In 2013, she was the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Dance Education Researcher Award from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Dance and the Quality of Life
  • Editors Karen Bond
  • Series Title Social Indicators Research Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Social Indicators Res.Ser.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-95698-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-95699-2
  • Series ISSN 1387-6570
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-0099
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 570
  • Number of Illustrations 52 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quality of Life Research
    Creativity and Arts Education
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