Teaching the Whole Child Through Dance: Moving Beyond Mind Supremacy

This event was made possible through the generosity of
Jody & John Arnhold
Arnhold Foundation

Teaching the Whole Child Through Dance: Moving Beyond Mind Supremacy

International Symposium

Wednesday – Friday, October 12-14, 2022 (NYC)
Thursday – Saturday, October 13-15 (Seoul)

Co-Hosted by:
Arnhold Institute for Dance Education Research, Policy & Leadership
Korean Society of Dance

Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, USA

This symposium places the mind and identity of the dancing child at the core of inquiry on teaching. Our premise is that the primary felt experience of dance ⏤ as an inextricable intertwinement of body, culture, environment, (e)motion, history, intelligence, personality, relationships ⏤ is largely fragmented in PK-12 educational policy and fractured in education research. The mind is studied in social science research, motion and the body are studied in natural science research, and culture and dancemaking are studied in arts and humanities research. Though there is value in this kind of separation of experience, there is something lost when you take apart a whole and try to put it back together. This is especially problematic when the activity of the mind is not only separated from the activities of body and culture but given higher value in the allocation of time and resources.

What if, instead of trying to better understand the phenomenon of dance education through the lenses of others we bring them to us, to place the dancing child at the center of the inquiry and proceed from there?

The Teaching the Whole Child through Dance Symposium marks a growing re-examination of Western, “mind-supremacist” notions of the purpose and practice of education in light of more inclusive and pluralistic views. This re-examination demands an approach to education that includes the whole child. The Symposium’s aim is threefold: to invite speakers to unpack our assumptions about the experience of dance; to encourage dialogues that challenge commonly held beliefs about dancing; and to demonstrate through a movement session how dance education can offer a unique pathway for balancing the symbolic and the practiced, the abstract and the embodied.

무용을 통한 전인 교육: 정신 우월주의를 넘어서 

국제 심포지엄

뉴욕 시간 2022년 10월 12일 (목) - 14일 (토)

서울 시간 2022년 10월 13일 (수) - 15일 (금)

공동 주최: 

Arnhold 무용 교육 연구, 정책 및 리더십 연구소

대한 무용 학회

공동 후원:

국민대학교 (대한민국, 서울)

컬럼비아 대학교 티처스 칼리지 (미국, 뉴욕)


본 심포지엄은 춤추는 아이의 정신과 정체성을 교육 탐구의 핵심에 둡니다. 무용을 통한 일차적인 감각 경험 속에는 신체, 문화, 환경, 감정/움직임, 역사, 지능, 성격, 관계가 나뉠 수 없이 얽혀있지만, 유초중등 교육 정책과 연구는 대부분 이를 분절적으로 나누어서 다룹니다. 정신은 사회 과학에서, 동작과 몸은 자연 과학에서, 문화와 안무 창작은 예술과 인문학에서 연구합니다. 비록 이러한 분절적 접근도 의미가 있지만, 전체를 부분으로 나눠서 봤다가 이를 다시 통합하는 과정에서 놓치는 것들이  있습니다. 더 큰 문제는 정신적 활동이 신체 문화의 활동과 분리되는 것을 넘어서서 더 많은 시간과 자원을 할당 받을 때 생깁니다.

만약 다른 분야의 관점을 빌려서 무용 교육의 현상을 더 잘 이해하려고 노력하는 대신에, 그들을 우리에게 데리고 와서 춤추는 아이를 탐구의 중심에 놓는 것에서 부터 시작을 하면 어떨까요?

무용을 통한 전인 교육 심포지엄은 서구 중심적인 “정신 우월주의”의 개념에서 교육 목적과 실천을 바라보는 관점에서 벗어나, 포괄적이고 다원적인 시각을 비추어 이를 재조명하고자 합니다. 이러한 재조명을 위해서는 전인적인 아이를 포함한 교육에 대한 접근을 해야합니다. 본 심포지엄은 다음 세 가지의 목적을 갖고 있습니다. 연사를 초청하여 무용 경험에 대해 우리가 갖고 있는 가설들을 확인하고, 무용에 대한 일반적인 믿음에 도전하는 대화를 장려하며, 상징과 실천, 추상과 신체 사이의 균형을 잡기 위해 무용 교육만의 독특한 경로를 제공할 수 있는지 움직임 세션을 통해 시연하는 것입니다.

Day 1: Movement Session


USA: Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST

KOR: Thursday, October 13, 2022, 8:00 – 10:00 am KST

Join us virtually on Zoom for Baila Conmigo! a movement session with Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO, Ballet Hispánico (no cost). Open to Adults and Children (Age 10+)

미국 시간 2022년 10월 12일 (수) 오후 7시 – 9시


한국 시간 2022년 10월 13일 (목) 오전 8시 – 10시


에두아르도 빌라로 발레 히스파니코 예술 감독 겸 CEO와 함께하는Baila Conmigo!(바일라 콘미고!) 에 온라인(Zoom) 으로참여하세요 (무료).

성인과 어린이 (10살 이상) 누구나 참여 가능


Day 2: Speakers

Photo of Dionne Champion
University of Florida

Dionne N. Champion, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida. She is an engineer, dancer, arts educator, and learning scientist. Her research focuses on the design and ethnographic study of learning environments that blend STEM and dance activities, particularly for youth who have experienced feelings of marginalization in STEM education settings. Dr. Champion is interested in understanding how these populations draw on their everyday practices and use their bodies as resources for sense-making. She received her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences (2018) from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, her M.Ed. in Dance from Temple University, and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Scientist at TERC. Dr. Champion’s research program interrogates and complicates the ways we think about sense-making, particularly within informal learning environments where STEM is not just STEM, movement can be more than “just” movement, and the pathways to understanding are not linear, normative, or even always predictable. She seeks to construct broader conceptualizations of cognition that substantively intertwine STEM learning and development, attending to the affective, social, and emotional while broadening STEM knowledge and understanding.

Photo of Hwan Jung Jae
Korea National University of Arts

Hwan Jung Jae, Ph.D. With the belief that "all humans are dancers," Dr. Jae works as a teaching artist, dance maker, writer, and researcher. Her research expertise centers on contemporary dance, dance education, and cultural theory approaches to dance. She has received a BA in Dance and MA in Dance from Ewha Woman’s University and her PhD in Dance from Temple University.  She has an avid interest in the expansion of dance education for children and youth and has collaborated with schools, hospitals, and government agencies. In 2020, she was awarded an Achievement Award by the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in Korea for her contributions. She has also received a Best Teacher Award (2015) from Kookmin University and a Best Research Award from the Korean Society of Dance (2018). She is a guest professor at Korea National University of Arts and serves as the editor-in-chief of the Korean Society of Dance, the editor of ARTE365, and the webzine for teaching artists. She has published eight books on dance and arts in Korea.

Photo of Sunghee Lee
Kookmin University

Sung Hee Lee, Ph.D. Dr. Lee is a dance educator and cultural policy researcher, who focuses on studies that contribute to the qualitative improvement of dance education and the spread of the social value of culture and art. She emphasizes the importance of systematic curriculum studies and practices, as well as effective support policies, for dance experiences to be embodied in enduring experiences that go beyond being consumed as entertainment. Thus, she actively participates in cultural policy research projects, evaluates the cultural influences of the Korean government’s policy projects on the quality of people’s lives and focuses on studies of performance analysis of various arts education policy projects. She has received a MA/Dance Science and PhD/Performing arts from Kookmin University. She won a thesis award in the 19th Korean Society of Dance in recognition of her academic excellence and research capacity. She teaches dance education, culture and arts education, and research methodology at Kookmin University. She is also active as an editor of the Korean Society of Dance, the Research and Education Director for the International Association for Global Culture, and a researcher in the Culture and Arts Management Institute at Chugye University for the Arts.

Sarah Whatley
Coventry University, U.K.

Sarah Whatley, Ph.D., is the Professor of Dance and Director of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University in the UK. Her research, funded variously by the UK Research Councils and the European Commission and Trusts, focuses on the discourses that emerge through the body as a site of knowledge and expressive communication, and how dance generates different textual strategies for transmitting and disseminating the physical intelligence of the moving body. Her projects and publications focus on creative reuse of digital cultural content, reimagining dance archives and dance documentation, intangible cultural heritage, somatic dance practice and pedagogy, and inclusive dance practice concerned particularly with disability in performance. She has eight edited books on these themes, 80+ other publications, and was founding editor of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. She has a wide experience of peer review across funding proposals and publications, serving as a member of the AHRC peer review college (strategic reviewer), an evaluator for the European Research Council, and as REF panel member (2014, 2021). She also has a track record in mentoring early career researchers and is advisor for several groups, including Dance Research, Digital Theatre and the Practice Research Advisory Group (PRAG).



USA: Thursday, October 13, 2022, 7:00 – 9:30 pm EST

KOR: Friday, October 14, 2022, 8:00 – 10:30 am KST



미국 시간 2022년 10월 13일 (목) 오후 7시 – 9시 반

  한국 시간 2022년 10월 14일 (금) 오전 8시 – 10시 반



Day 3: Virtual Panel


USA: Friday, October 14, 2022, 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST

KOR: Saturday, October 15, 2022, 8:00 – 10:00 am KST


Join us virtually on Zoom for your choice of Symposium Panel Discussion (no cost):

Panel 1: Dance Learning as a Foundation for Inquiry about Self, Other, and World: Implications for Curriculum, Policy, and Practice

Panel 2: The Body in Virtual and Inclusive Spaces: Access, Equity, and Embodiment in Dance Education

미국 시간 2022년 10월 14일 (금) 오후 7시 – 9시 반

한국 시간 2022년 10월 15일 (토) 오전 8시 – 10시


원하는 심포지엄 패널 토론에 온라인(Zoom) 으로 참여하세요 (무료):


패널 1: 자기, 타인과 세계를 탐구하는 기반으로서의 무용 교육: 교육 과정, 정책, 실천을 위한 함의


패널 2: 가상 및 포용적 공간 안에서의 신체: 무용 교육의 접근성, 형평성 및 체화


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Teachers College, Columbia University

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