Workshop: “Dance Meditation: An Experiential Workshop for Exploring Dance As Mindfulness Practice” (Academy of Management)

This Professional Development Workshop was given at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2019 in Boston (MA), which is the world’s largest management conference. The experiential workshop invites you to explore dance as a mindfulness practice and to re-connect with your body and yourself. No previous experience is needed and everyone is welcome to join the inclusive space held by the facilitators. You could bring a water bottle and an extra T-shirt if you feel for it.

Mindfulness has lately been booming as a management practice as well as an interdisciplinary field of research. Kabat-Zinn (1994) suggests that “mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to being present. There is no ‘performance’. There is just this moment. We are not trying to improve or to get anywhere else. We are not even running after special insights or visions. Nor are we forcing ourselves to be non-judgmental, calm, or relaxed.” We usually think about mindfulness practice as silent sitting, but there is no limit to what activities we can bring mindful presence.

This workshop is a moment to fully turn your attention inwards as there is no choreography to remember and nothing to achieve. While we move our bodies to the rhythms of tunes from all over the world, we simply observe thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations from moment to moment without reacting and without judging.

The meditation begins with a warm-up that seamlessly guides you into a mindful dance. The meditation ends in stillness with an invitation to just witness what arise and pass away in the dance’s aftermath. Finally, there will be room for sharing experiences after the meditation.

Thanks to my co-facilitators who were part of the team: Catarina Ahlvik, Judi Neal, Jody Fry, and Ymke Kleissen.