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This chapter proposes a theory of dance rhythm as distinct from rhythm in dance. First, it distinguishes natural and intentional rhythm, constructed from combining theories by Dewey and Margolis. It then defends this account by exploring musical and non-musical connections between rhythm and dance. It argues that dance rhythm can arise in conjunction with music, or that it can – though need not – follow music, or that it can set the musical rhythm, or be completely independent of music, though natural or internal bodily rhythms can underpin both. Finally, it asserts the existence of dance that might be naturally rhythmic, but not in a way essential to dance qua dance.
The Philosophy of Rhythm: Aesthetics, Music, Poetics
Oxford University Press
Dance | Music | Philosophy
Bresnahan, Aili W., "Dance Rhythm" (2019). Books and Book Chapters by University of Dayton Faculty. 46.