6 Dec 2020

Officially uniting Dance and Social Inclusion

From Standing Room Only, 1:48 pm on 6 December 2020

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Professors Nicholas Rose and Ralph Buck

Professors Nicholas Rose and Ralph Buck Photo: supplied

Millions of people have been posting videos of themselves dancing on the social media site Tik Tok during the pandemic lockdowns.

And that proves an important point about dance, in the view of the two New Zealanders in charge of the world's first UNESCO sponsored Chair of Dance and Social Inclusion.

Associate Professors Ralph Buck and Nicholas Rowe of the University of Auckland's Dance Studies Programme says it illustrates  how dance is a great way to both express yourself and to deal with stress.

They also plan to use this opportunity to encourage dance in schools, in community organisations and in health and tertiary institutions during the next four years.

Lynn Freeman discovers that the new Chair of Dance and Social Inclusion was being talked about well before the pandemic.

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