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Research in Dance and Physical Education - Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.17-30
ISSN: 2586-1034 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Jun 2019
Received 30 Apr 2019 Revised 20 May 2019 Accepted 24 Jun 2019

Dance in New Areas: Integrating dance methods into businesses and management for personnel and leadership development
Brigitte Biehl*
SRH Hochschule der populären Künste hdpk, Germany

Correspondence to : *


The worlds of “organisation” and “dance” may seem very different and distanced at first sight, but dance can be an inspiration for businesses. This article summarizes a keynote speech held at The G-ACE International Conference 2019 “Organization and Management for Dance” at Sangmyung Art Center Seoul. It discusses that the disciplines of dance studies and management studies come together with more creative approaches to work. Management studies has integrated theory and methods from the world of arts and dance into organizations to generate new insights into how organizations can be managed today. Dance stands for constant change, temporary structures and dynamics and it appears to be an intriguing model for today’s organizational world, and also a reservoir of methods that can be applied for personnel and organizational development. So-called artistic interventions (including dance workshops) bring people, practices, and products from the arts into organisations to help address issues the organisations are facing. Movement exercises in business organizations can provide new bodily experiences that can support new forms of knowing and doing in management. They also are a new area of work for dancers and choreographers.

Keywords: Dance, management, organization studies, leadership, artistic interventions, artistic workshops, movement workshops


I would like to express my gratitude to Professor Prof. Dr. Jiyoung Kim, Director of the Global Research Institute for Arts & Culture Education, Chair of the Dept. Sports and Dance Studies at Sangmyung University for the invitation to the G-ACE International Conference 2019 (24 May) “Organization and Management for Dance” at the Sangmyung Art Center Seoul. I would also like to thank the team involved in organization of the conference.

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