Finally James Hewison’s and my article about risk taking in the teaching and learning of Contact Improvisation has been published.
Grounded in Csikszentmihalyi’s flow theory, the focus of this study was to examine the role of flow as a framework for optimizing the practice of risk-taking in the teaching and learning of contact improvisation in higher education, and to better enable students to take the creative, physical and psychological risks associated with that practice. A range of qualitative methodologies were employed including observation, analysis, writing, drawing and focus group discussions. Findings of this study included: establishing shared learning environments, attending to language and tone of delivery, and ensuring the development of scaffolded tasks for trust, non-judgement, optimal experience and pleasure to flourish.
Had some great feedback on this, and continuing to share our learning from this project at various lectures and sessions in HE and beyond. I’m unable to publish the article here, but it is downloadable for a small fee ($18) from the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices journal.