Date of Degree

5-2018

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Liberal Studies

Advisor(s)

Konstantinos Alexakos

Subject Categories

Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Applied Behavior Analysis | Art Education | Art Practice | Art Therapy | Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Cognition and Perception | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Communication | Community Psychology | Dance Movement Therapy | Developmental Psychology | Early Childhood Education | Experimental Analysis of Behavior | Growth and Development | Health and Physical Education | Mental Disorders | Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Music Performance | Music Therapy | Other Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Mental and Social Health | Other Music | Other Psychiatry and Psychology | Pain Management | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy | Recreational Therapy | Social Psychology

Keywords

Mindfulness, Emotions, Dancing, Dance therapy, Emotional Stability, Childhood and Youth

Abstract

This capstone project examines dance, as an intervention and mindfulness practice that assists with managing our emotions. There is a need for dance therapy in social institutions such as, healthcare facilities, schools, and community centers. Dance therapy has the potential to reduce negative emotions, create mindfulness, improve self-expression, and promote a healthy well-being. I am proposing that dance therapy is applied as a regular practice in social institutions to develop mindfulness and promote emotional stability.

In this study, I argue that dance therapy can contribute to our well-being long term. In addition to this written thesis, a visual component of this capstone is included on the archive website.

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