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The Isadora Effect
LaMothe beautifully expresses what hooked me into devoting my life to dance as a professional modern dancer. The “ahhh” exhilaration and communion with the universe is still a thrill at age sixty-seven. Not mentioned is that, in this age of pioneer work in brain function, dance has been recognized as a primal cognitive symbol-making system. Infants learn to “speak” movement, the language of dance, before forming words. The cognitive and educational importance of this has yet to be explored. Perhaps there is an “Isadora Effect” (Faber 2000) that rivals the “Mozart Effect.” ….Rima Faber
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