• Milica Filipović University of Priština in Kosovska Mitrovica, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Serbia
  • Igor Ilić University of Priština in Kosovska Mitrovica, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Serbia
  • Slavka Durlević University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Serbia
  • Vladimir Miletić University of Belgrade, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Serbia
  • Biljana Vitošević University of Priština in Kosovska Mitrovica, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Serbia




women, dance history, emancipation, social change, gender equality


The role of dance as a transformative medium for women’s emancipation, tracing its evolution from the Renaissance period to contemporary times. is a topic that necessitates a broad, multidisciplinary analysis. Dance is presented not only as a form of artistic expression but also as a powerful instrument for social change and gender equality. Through historical analysis, the study highlights how dance has facilitated women’s ability to express their identities, challenge patriarchal norms, and advocate for their rights across various epochs. The research underscores significant contributions by key figures and movements that have used dance as a platform for signalling shifts in societal attitudes towards women’s roles and freedoms. By drawing on the works of scholars such as Goldman (2010) on improvisational dance, Hahn (2013) on the role of creative arts in education and social change, Camp (2002) on dance as a form of resistance among enslaved women, and Åhäll (2016) on feminist security studies, the paper elucidates dance’s multifaceted impact on women’s liberation. From the sophisticated court dances of the Renaissance that reflected societal and cultural shifts to the expressive and boundary-pushing performances of the 19th and 20th centuries, dance emerged as a dynamic force in advocating for women’s emancipation. The conclusion reaffirms dance’s ongoing relevance as a medium through which contemporary women continue to explore their identities, challenge existing norms, and promote feminist values, thereby contributing to the broader discourse on gender equality and empowerment.


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How to Cite

Filipović, M., Ilić, I., Durlević, S., Miletić, V., & Vitošević, B. (2024). RHYTHMS OF LIBERATION: TRACING THE DANCE OF EMANCIPATION THROUGH HISTORY. SCIENCE International Journal, 3(1), 103–107. https://doi.org/10.35120/sciencej0301103f