Body Concept is a collaborative dance research project that explores the lived experiences of the dancers and choreographer in regards to a restorative justice of Body. This project emerged from Alexia's performative presentation at ICQI 2019 called A Restorative Justice for Body in Research Scholarship. Alexia worked with a trio of dancers from SUNY Brockport to further this work through dancer-generated movement, spoken word, and the visual arts. The choreography utilizes the experiences of the dancers as material, as they explored their conceptions and identity as/with Body through reflective and creative visual arts, movement, and words. The conceptions of Body generated by the dancers are performed in relation to their Body-mapped costumes, their inner experiences, and their relationships with one another.
This research project has been performed at New Dancers Showcase at SUNY Brockport in 2019 and was accepted to be performed at the 2020 BMCA conference in Geneva, NY and Dances at MUCC festival in Rochester, NY June 2020.
This project was funded in part through an Undergraduate Faculty Mini Grant through SUNY Brockport.
SOMATIC MOVEMENT LITERACY
Somatic Movement Literacy (SML) is a concept that Alexia has been mapping on to her previous research findings regarding young children's development and experiences with mindfulness and movement practices. SML is influenced by Paul Linden's (1994) framework of somatic literacy that he proposed for integrating somatic education into physical education. Alexia has been presenting her research-based understanding of how SML can be fostered within early childhood somatic/dance education at conferences nationally and internationally.
This research has been presented at the joint conference of NDEO and ISMETA in 2019 and was to be presented in 2020 at the Future(s) of Dance Education(s) conference in Trondheim, Norway and at the BMCA conference in Geneva, NY.
ARTS-BASED RESEARCH METHODS
Alexia has integrated her training in qualitative methods of research with her professional training with dance, somatics, and mindfulness in her approach to arts-based research (ABR). Alexia has developed a studio practice of bodily writing to both analyze and interpret data, which she follows with a performative inquiry, where an audience is invited to view the choreographed findings from the perspective of co-researchers. She has conducted her own ABR and is a part of a multi-institutional ABR team where she collaborates on her and her team members' research and inquiries.
Alexia has co-authored a publication on these methods in 2017 in IJEA. She has performatively presented these methods in solo and with her team at AERA (2017, 2019) and at the World Conference on Movement and Cognition (2018). Alexia is currently working with doctoral students in the US and Norway who are exploring ABR for their dissertation research.