Trinity Laban lecturer contributes to major dance anthology

Dance Somatics and Spiritualities


Senior Dance Lecturer at Trinity Laban, Dr Naomi Lefebvre Sell, has co-authored a chapter on a major new dance book which is already attracting positive reviews on Amazon.

Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities is a collection of essays which discuss how a wide range of sacred narrative is informing pedagogy, educational and therapeutic practice. The book provides new insights into creative awareness, as well as bringing these largely unchartered themes at the front of academic discussion.

Naomi’s chapter, Dancing and Flourishing: Mindful Meditation in Dance-Making and Performing, which she co-wrote with Professor Sarah Whatley, explores the role of meditation within dance practice and considers how its integration within dance training might influence pedagogical approaches in the dance studio. The chapter aims to illustrate how meditation can expand Somatic Movement Education, the process of self-awareness of the human body in movement, and extend understanding of spiritual experiences in dance.

The book will officially be launched later this year, coinciding with the Dance and Somatic Practices conference at Coventry University from 9-12 July. However, the book has already received positive reviews on Amazon – “…what looks like will be a groundbreaking…anthology and a must for all those interested in the topics covered.”

Naomi says: “The writing of this chapter stems from my Doctoral research which I undertook at Trinity Laban. We are very pleased to hear that the book is selling well and that it is also receiving positive reviews.”

Dr Naomi Lefebvre Sell lectures across the BA and MA programmes within the fields of choreography, performance and research methods and is the Year 2 Co-ordinator of the Undergraduate Programme. Originally from Canada, Naomi’s background as a professional dancer includes work with both Butoh and Cunningham influenced companies. Her choreography has been commissioned and presented across Canada and Europe and as a developing scholar has presented her research at International peer-reviewed conferences.

Trinity Laban hosts established Research Degree Programmes and is a stimulating and exciting environment in which students can develop their skills to an advance level and explore individual research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework says Trinity Laban has a 100% research impact deemed “world class” or “internationally excellent,” and the Times Higher Education has ranked Trinity Laban as the top conservatoire for ‘Research Intensity’.

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