Judith Hanna

Judith Hanna
University of Maryland, College Park | UMD, UMCP, University of Maryland College Park · Department of Anthropology

PhD

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importance of dance education
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As often viewed, the name "African Dance" overlooks the multiplicity of identities in Africa. Linguists estimate 1250-2100 different language groups, and there are most likely as many different dance patterns. Among a language/dance group, patterns are commonly divided by participation criteria, e.g., age, gender, birthplace, birthplace of spouse;...
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Surprised to be asked to apply to exotic dance the sociolinguistic/semiotic theory and ethnographic methods I used to study the relationship between dance and society in African villages and cities, American theaters, and elementary school playgrounds and classrooms, I have been an expert court witness since 1995. I worked with 63 different attorne...
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Dance can be seen as an evolutionary gift that supports self-protection and enables wellbeing. Since early history and across cultures, humans have turned to dance as a talisman to cope with stress. Through its cognitive direction, emotional impact, and physical energy, dance is a means to resist, reduce, and escape stress. Integrating brain, body,...
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work since 1965 - Africa, anthropology, dance, education, health, law, religion, politics, sexuality, urban life
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In the United States, adult entertainment striptease (also called exotic dance, nude dancing, and topless dancing) has both live and imaginary spectators. The real audience consists of those who actually enter a club (cabaret, theater), such as patrons and club personnel. However, there are people who only imagine what exotic dance is. I will comme...
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Taking an unprecedented, counterintuitive look at America's conflict over sexuality, Naked Truth reveals how the attack on the exotic dance industry by the activist Christian Right threatens the separation of church and state and undermines our civil liberties.
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In Gypsy, Rachel Shteir gives us a delightfully written, rich picture of an amazing, multi-talented, hard-working woman who goes from stripped-off-rags to riches. Highlighting the complexity of Gypsy Rose Lee (born Rose Louise Hovick), Shteir asserts, [W]hen you strip away Gypsy's witty veneer, what you get instead of a cracked foundation is a glim...
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This paper examines a segment of the politically active Christian Right (SPACR) that works toward controlling sexual expression in accord with their desire to live in a Scripture-based society. At the local and state levels, focus is on adult entertainment exotic dance. Under the United States First Amendment to the Constitution and established law...
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This literature review of dance and sexual expression considers dance and religion, dance and sexuality as a source of power, manifestations of sexuality in Western theater art and social dance, plus ritual and non-Western social dance. Expressions of gender, sexual orientation, asexuality, ambiguity, and adult entertainment exotic dance are presen...
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Curriculum theorists have provided a knowledge base concerning aesthetics, agency, creativity, lived experience, transcendence, learning through the body, and the power of the arts to engender visions of alternative possibilities in culture, politics, and the environment. However, these theoretical threads do not reveal the potential of K–12 dance...
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It is a myth that crime and property depreciation are tbe inevitable consequences of the presence in a community of exotic dance adult entertainment (also referred to as erotic, nude or topless dancing, striptease, gentlemen's clubs, juice bars and adult cabarets). Nevertheless, this myth has been perpetuated by media sensationalism, vocal minoriti...
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Since 1962, Judith Lynne Hanna has been on an unending odyssey to understand the power of dance. Adventures in different cultures raised questions that led to research projects. At social dances in Los Angeles, she noticed that Africans had a distinctive aura as they danced. Why? Preparing for African fieldwork, she sought theoretical grounding in...
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Among the Ubakala, social organization is manifested by the movements of a dance-play and by who may participate in it.
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Because exotic dance adult entertainment is a nationwide lightning rod for conflict, a comprehensive knowledge base is necessary. This bibliographic summary of literature addresses some misperceptions and notes new United States Supreme Court cases that can lead planners, policy makers, and government attorneys into legal difficulties over restrict...
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Music and the Art of Seduction, University of Amsterdam, May 19–22, 2005 - Volume 37 Issue 1 - Judith Lynne Hanna
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Because of the diversity of dance, there are various aesthetic criteria—notions of appropriateness, competency and excellence-based on individual experience, knowledge, and cultural background. This article considers two fieldwork experiences, (I) a Minnesota, U.S., adult entertainment nude exotic dance case in which aesthetic judgement had crimina...
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Engaging students by having them play the role of an anthropologist can enhance a teacher's armamentarium and provide an enriching and rewarding experience for both teachers and students. Employing the principles of anthropological inquiry can teach students ways to gain information about dance through observing dance, interviewing dancers and othe...
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Dance education in the USA has a new window of opportunity to reach every child in academic schools. The National Education Goals now recognize dance as a core subject, such as, e.g. language. To take advantage of this development, the ''Intelligent Moves--Partnering Dance & Education K-12'' workshop for teachers was held as part of the Vail Valley...
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Dancing to Learn: The Brain'g Cognition, Emotion, and Movement is my new book that updates Partnering Dance and Education. The new book is available from Rowman & Littlefield Publisher and Amazon.com
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In the 1980s, dance split from physical education and began to earn credibility as a serious, independent discipline with special characteristics fostering many kinds of learning. K-12 curricula should include dance, as the National Education Goals specify. Dance education also has great cognitive and transfer-of-learning potential. (MLH)
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Dance involves the culturally mediated body, emotion, and mind. So do illness and pain. Dance may promote wellness by strengthening the immune system through muscular action and physiological processes. Dance conditions an individual to moderate, eliminate, or avoid tension, chronic fatigue, and other disabling conditions that result from the effec...
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Recent feminist scholarship on the social and cultural construction of gender and equity enables us to assess the implications worldwide of historically persistent male dominance in dance production.1 In India a key understanding of the reality of women’s subordinate status comes from the traditional and mythical portrayals of women (Ghadially, 198...
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Recent feminist scholarship on the social and cultural construction of gender and equity enables us to assess the implications worldwide of historically persistent male dominance in dance production.1 In India a key understanding of the reality of women’s subordinate status comes from the traditional and mythical portrayals of women (Ghadially, 198...
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Academic publishing requires peer review evaluation as part of its system. However, the review process reflects its participants' biases. When a work's topic, conclusions, or methodologies challenge conventional wisdom, established paradigms, or political views, then peer review may act as a form of insidious censorship or pressure to change one's...
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Education in the arts has the power to be intrinsically valuable and to help fulfill nonaesthetic, utilitarian goals. Art education can improve cognition, promote social relations, stimulate personal development, and foster citizen productivity. An examination of dance education shows at least 19 ways to connect dance to academics and the world of...
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An anthropological perspective, because of its comparative, cultural and holistic approaches, is critical to working effectively with the unserved and the underserved people of other cultures. Recognizing different cultural patterns can lead to adaptations that could enhance the theory and practice of dance/movement therapy.
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"Ambitious in its scope and interdisciplinary in its purview. . . . Without doubt future researchers will want to refer to Hanna's study, not simply for its rich bibliographical sources but also for suggestions as to how to proceed with their own work. Dance, Sex, and Gender will initiate a discussion that should propel a more methodologically info...
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David M. Fetterman and Mary Anne Pitman. eds. Educational Evaluation: Ethnography in Theory, Practice, and Politics. Newbury Park: Sage, 1986. 232 pp. $25.00 (cloth).
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Although popular culture remains an ill-defined, heterogeneous concept, sociological criteria generally include direct and spontaneous appeal to a mass audience in literate, industrialized, urbanized, class-divided, mass-media societies. These characteristics distinguish popular from “elite” and “folk” cultures, since expressive forms in all these...
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Dancing to Learn: The Brain’s Cognition, Emotion and Movement, published by Rowman and Littlefield, is groundbreaking. Interdisciplinary 21st century neuroscience suggests that the brain “choreographs” dance-maker, dancer, and spectator. The book synthesizes new research in neuroscience with knowledge in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and e...
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In 1981, Maryland's Montgomery County Council established a task force "to determine the impact of government-sponsored performing arts classes on the private sector and to develop equitable solutions if necessary." The Performing Arts Task Force (PATF) brought together dance studio proprietors and music instructors from the private sector, represe...
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An attempt is made to identify the study of dance as a specialization and peripheral interest within each of the four fields of anthropology, in order to suggest how our understanding of Homo sapiens may be enhanced by dance study. The neglect, gestation, and emergence of the anthropological study of dance, its theoretical and methodological areas...
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Exploring dance from the rural villages of Africa to the stages of Lincoln Center, Judith Lynne Hanna shows that it is as human to dance as it is to learn, to build, or to fight. Dance is human thought and feeling expressed through the body: it is at once organized physical movement, language, and a system of rules appropriate in different social s...
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Over 250 monographs, journal articles, and papers are cited in this selected bibliography of resources on the anthropology of dance. Most of the entries were published during the 1960s and 1970s. Entries are arranged alphabetically by author and give information on title, publisher or journal, date, and page numbers. The bibliography is presented i...
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Social Theory and the Arts Conference - Volume 9 Issue 1 - Judith Lynne Hanna
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The purpose of this essay on Dances of Anáhuac by Gertrude P. Kurath and Samuel Marti is twofold: to assess the authors’ explanation for the existence of dance as a behavioral phenomenon in Mexican prehistory, and to assess the use of dance representation-objectification of a transient phenomenon in ceramic, lithic, or painting form-as correlative...
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“Controlled Astonishment as an Aid to Survey Research in Africa,” pp. 267-271 - KinneyEsi Sylvia in O'BarrWilliam M., SpainDavid H. and TesslerMark A., Eds., Survey Research in Africa: Its Applications and Limits. Northwestern University Press, Evanston, 1973. 349 pp. $4.95. - Volume 7 Issue 1 - Judith Lynne Hanna
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African Art in Motion: Icon and Act - ThompsonRobert Farris. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1974. 276 pp. $20.00, $9.95 paperback. - Volume 7 Issue 1 - Judith Lynne Hanna

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conference keynote based on research I reported in my book, Dancing to Learn: The Brain's Cognition, Emotion, and Movement, Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, 2015