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Abstract

Arts-based learning activities are gaining popularity and acceptance within leadership programmes around the globe. While dance as a learning method is still emerging as a practice within leadership education, we argue that dance-making can open up new possibilities and understandings for organizational management. More than simply using dance as a metaphor, the concepts of embodiary and embodied leadership explore how the moving body can be a key site for individual and collective creative realizations and communications.

Following a grounded theory approach, within this article we draw on the perspectives of dance academics, artists and leadership academics engaged in arts-based learning. Through reviews of Leadership and Dance Studies literature and qualitative, semi-structured interviews, we identify key themes related to how and why dance is being used within leadership education. These themes prompt critical reflections on the use of dance as an experiential learning method to enhance creativity and communication within organizational contexts.Following a grounded theory approach, within this article we draw on the perspectives of dance academics, artists and leadership academics engaged in arts-based learning. Through reviews of Leadership and Dance Studies literature and qualitative, semi-structured interviews, we identify key themes related to how and why dance is being used within leadership education. These themes prompt critical reflections on the use of dance as an experiential learning method to enhance creativity and communication within organizational contexts.

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