PC1 Presence in Movement: Fundamentals of Mindful Ballet

Description

how movement affects thoughts and emotions by combining introspective observation of the mind with simple ballet exercises. No prior ballet experience is required. We will alternate between guided sequences and free-form improvisation.

Objectives

To acquire an understanding of how movement can be used to express mental content, and how movement also affects the mind in itself.

Literature

Van Vugt, M. K. (2014). “Ballet as a movement-based contemplative practice? Implications for neuroscientific studies.” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:513 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00513/full

Course location

Guenne

Course requirements

None

Instructor information.

Instructor
Marieke van Vugt

Affiliation

University of Groningen

Vita

Dr. van Vugt is an assistant professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, working in the department of artificial intelligence. She obtained her PhD in model-based neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, then worked as a postdoc at Princeton University before moving to the University of Groningen. In her lab, she focuses on understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying decision making, mind-wandering and meditation by means of EEG, behavioural studies and computational modeling. In some slightly outside-the-box research, she also records the brain waves of Tibetan monks and dancers. Next to her scientific work, she is also an avid ballet dancer.

Website

https://mkvanvugt.wordpress.com
https://www.instagram.com/mkvanvugt/