Creative dance in the literature classroom: (Re)making meaning and stretching boundaries

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List of Authors: Sofia Jusslin
Editors: Heidi Höglund, Sofia Jusslin, Matilda Ståhl & Anders Westerlund
Place: Åbo
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: Åbo Akademis förlag
Book title: Genom texter och världar : Svenska och litteratur med didaktisk inriktning – festskrift till Ria Heilä-Ylikallio
Start page: 273
End page: 288
ISBN: 978-951-765-926-0
eISBN: 978-951-765-927-7


This article explores the integration of creative dance in students’ meaning-making processes in the literature classroom. Analytical focus lies on fifth-grade students’ interpretations of a poem and how interpretations are created and expressed in creative dance. The material, generated in the pilot study of an educational design research project, was analyzed thematically. A total of three key themes emerged: (1) meaning-making through literary reading,(2) (re)making meaning in dance and literature, and (3) stretching boundaries. Findings suggest that students’ literary reading was not represented through dance, but made and remade into new bodily interpretations in the intra-action between dancer and literature. As such, dance can adhere to literature’s striving to broaden and create new horizons, and meet readers on an affective level. In conclusion, this article presents principles for integrating creative dance in the literature classroom.


creative dance, dance literacy, educational design research, literary reading, meaning-making, new materialism

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