Flamenco Dance as a Means of Expressing Emotions and Developing Emotional Intelligence

Keywords: emotions, flamenco dance, art, creativity, behavior, psycho-emotional discharge.


The article examines the flamenco dance
as a means of expression of the dancer’s
emotions and development of emotional
intellect. It has been noted that up
to the present time in scholarship there
has not been any unified approach towards the
essence of the concept of “emotion”
and the characterization of emotional intellect.
The authors of the article note that emotions
demonstrate the experience of various types
of situations by the subject, evaluation
of their meaning, as well as transformations
and regulations of behavior in consideration
of the achieved evaluation.
The article substantiates the meaning
of human existence in the context
of the affective-emotional nature of individuals
and people’s belonging to the category
of emotional-social beings. It is shown that
emotions serve not only as an organizing
and motivating factor of behavior, but also
as a factor of personalized development
and relationship with the surrounding world.
Analysis is made of the views on emotions
of a number of authors, including Wilhelm
Reich, who presumed that chronic tension
in the human being’s organism negatively
affects his energetic field, at the basis of which
lie strong emotions, not allowing him
to experience these emotions and distorting
the expression of feelings. The human being can free himself of such energy blocks only
after having fully experienced these emotions.
In its turn, the experience of these emotions
and, consequently, their discharge may
be carried out by means of art and artistic
creativity. Hereinafter the flamenco dance
is examined as a means not only of remittal
of the dancer’s and the audience’s
psycho-emotional tension, but also
the development of emotional intellect.

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