Dance Diversity and Difference

This starts with a challenge to contemporary cultural and political literature that would seek to identify differences between the West and the Rest (Huntington, 1997; Lewis, 2002). We have sought to evidence the hybrid nature of ...


Author: Rosemary Martin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781786732439

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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The countries surrounding the Baltic Sea - Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden - have experienced immense social and political change, from the territorial maneuverings of Sweden, Russia, and Denmark, the reunification of Germany, to more recent moves towards independence of Eastern Bloc countries as the Soviet Union crumbled. Tensions surrounding the Baltic Sea have not dissipated but rather new challenges and contentions have emerged, resulting in a multicultural and multilingual region. Dance in the region has been tightly interwoven with political trends and events, yet the dance history of the region to date has focused almost entirely on state sponsored folk and classical dance. By contrast Dance, Diversity and Difference presents contemporary stories of dance, revealing the diverse voices of dance practitioners and demonstrating the ways in which dance has connections with families, societies, governments, the economy and can offer fresh insights into cultural and political change.

Dancing Across Borders

analysis is that individual dance educators are bedrocks in steering dance education towards embracement of diversity and difference. The path towards realisation of this vision begins with a dance educator's ability to engage ...


Author: Charlotte Svendler Nielsen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000768770

Category: Education

Page: 196

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Dancing Across Borders presents formal and non-formal settings of dance education where initiatives in different countries transcend borders: cultural and national borders, subject borders, professional borders and socio-economic borders. It includes chapters featuring different theoretical perspectives on dance and cultural diversity, alongside case narratives that show these perspectives in a specific cultural setting. In this way, each section charts the processes, change and transformation in the lives of young people through dance. Key themes include how student learning is enhanced by cultural diversity, experiential teaching and learning involving social, cross-cultural and personal dimensions. This conceptually aligns with the current UNESCO protocols that accent empathy, creativity, cooperation, collaboration alongside skills- and knowledge-based learning in an endeavour to create civic mindedness and a more harmonious world. This volume is an invaluable resource for teachers, policy makers, artists and scholars interested in pedagogy, choreography, community dance practice, social and cultural studies, aesthetics and interdisciplinary arts. By understanding the impact of these cross-border collaborative initiatives, readers can better understand, promote and create new ways of thinking and working in the field of dance education for the benefit of new generations.

Nordic Dance Spaces

His ideas are particularly valid in this context because they help in formulating the productive space between a diversity of dance styles and the unequal socio- political differences that may exist simultaneously.


Author: Professor Karen Vedel

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409470038

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 276

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Dance has been connected to the practices and ideologies that have shaped notions of a Nordic region for more than a century and it is ingrained into the culture and society of the region. This book investigates different dance phenomena that have either engaged with or dismantled notions of Nordicness. Looking to the motion of dancers and dance forms between different locations, organizations and networks of individuals, its authors discuss social dancing, as well as historical processes associated with collaborations in folk dance and theatre dance. They consider how similarities and differences between the Nordic countries may be discerned, for instance in patterns of reception at the arrival of dance forms from outside the Nordic countries - and vice versa, how dance from the Nordic countries is received in other parts of the world, as seen for example in the Nordic Cool Festival at the Kennedy Centre in 2013. The book opens a rare window into Nordic culture seen through the prism of dance. While it grants the reader new insights into the critical role of dance in the formation and imagining of a region, it also raises questions about the interplay between dance practices and politics.

The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies

The diversity turn has afforded visibility and agency to diasporic dancing bodies, but it also has forced them to ... the celebration of multiculturalism with the objectification of cultural difference (Mitra 2015, 15–19, 25–27).


Author: Helen Thomas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315306537

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 510

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The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies maps out the key features of dance studies as the field stands today, while pointing to potential future developments. It locates these features both historically—within dance in particular social and cultural contexts—and in relation to other academic influences that have impinged on dance studies as a discipline. The editors use a thematically based approach that emphasizes that dance scholarship does not stand alone as a single entity, but is inevitably linked to other related fields, debates, and concerns. Authors from across continents have contributed chapters based on theoretical, methodological, ethnographic, and practice-based case studies, bringing together a wealth of expertise and insight to offer a study that is in-depth and wide-ranging. Ideal for scholars and upper-level students of dance and performance studies, The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies challenges the reader to expand their knowledge of this vibrant, exciting interdisciplinary field.

An Introduction to Community Dance Practice

The Author(s) 2017 Diane Amans, An Introduction to Community Dance Practice, DOI 10.1057/978-1-137-60340-1_4. 4. Love. Difference: Why. is. Diversity. Important. in. Community. Dance?


Author: Diane Amans

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350316447

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 286

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This popular core textbook offers a clear introduction to community dance practice today, preparing students for the realities of employment in this dynamic and widely studied field. The text is edited by a highly-regarded professional with an international reputation for best practice in community dance, and includes chapters written by an expert panel of contributors, comprising dance artists, practitioners and academics. It combines lively discussion with practical advice on the duty of care, inclusive practice and project coordination. With its stimulating range of case studies, interviews and resources, the reader is encouraged to apply the facts and theories to their own practice. This text is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students on community dance degree programmes, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students of dance, theatre and performance studies who are taking specific courses on community dance. It is also accessible to emerging and professional community dance practitioners.

Darwin s Unfinished Symphony

Dance diversity is also manifest at different scales, with closely related communities often exhibiting similar dances, but with larger differences found between more distinct regions of the world. For instance, in much Western dancing, ...


Author: Kevin N. Laland

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691182810

Category: Science

Page: 464

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Humans possess an extraordinary capacity for culture, from the arts and language to science and technology. But how did the human mind—and the uniquely human ability to devise and transmit culture—evolve from its roots in animal behavior? Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony presents a captivating new theory of human cognitive evolution. This compelling and accessible book reveals how culture is not just the magnificent end product of an evolutionary process that produced a species unlike all others—it is also the key driving force behind that process. Kevin Laland tells the story of the painstaking fieldwork, the key experiments, the false leads, and the stunning scientific breakthroughs that led to this new understanding of how culture transformed human evolution. It is the story of how Darwin’s intellectual descendants picked up where he left off and took up the challenge of providing a scientific account of the evolution of the human mind.

Processing Choreography

36 3.3.4 Diversity This question of, how do we decenter the whiteness of dance studies transnationally? ... the ensembles were not the sameness (and whiteness) of classical ballet, but rather an appreciation of diversity and difference.


Author: Elizabeth Waterhouse

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 9783839455883

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 342

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Told from the perspective of the dancers, »Processing Choreography: Thinking with William Forsythe's Duo« is an ethnography that reconstructs the dancers' activity within William Forsythe's Duo project. The book is written legibly for readers in dance studies, the social sciences, and dance practice. Considering how the choreography of Duo emerged through practice and changed over two decades of history (1996—2018), Elizabeth Waterhouse offers a nuanced picture of creative cooperation and institutionalized process. She presents a compelling vision of choreography as a nexus of people, im/material practices, contexts, and relations. As a former Forsythe dancer herself, the author provides novel insights into this choreographic community.

Ubuntu as Dance Pedagogy in Uganda

Embodying new ethnic dances can ignite sentiments of ethnocentrism when people deny, defend against and minimize difference (Bennett, 1993). These are some of the difficulties and acculturative stresses that people in diverse ...


Author: Alfdaniels Mabingo

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811558443

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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This book locates the philosophy of Ubuntu as the undergirding framework for indigenous dance pedagogies in local communities in Uganda. Through critical examination of the reflections and practices of selected local dance teachers, the volume reveals how issues of inclusion, belonging, and agency are negotiated through a creatively complex interplay between individuality and communality. The analysis frames pedagogies as sites where reflective thought and kinaesthetic practice converge to facilitate ever-evolving individual imagination and community innovations.

Diversity Difference and Social Justice in Physical Education

Stephanie said that some parents from a Muslim background had asked their girls not to dance as it was against their religious beliefs, I think that's the perception, and sometimes there is that religious idea sitting behind there; ...


Author: Bonnie Pang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000467000

Category: Education

Page: 132

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This book presents a detailed analysis of the experiences of (minority ethnic) physical education (PE) teachers in both schools and higher education contexts. It examines and questions the lack of ethnic diversity in PE teacher education in high-income developed countries and suggests important new directions for transformative pedagogy to address the ‘whiteness’ of PE. The book draws on auto-ethnographical research conducted in Sydney, Australia—one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities—and in cities of the United Kingdom. The study is rooted in the concept of ‘trans-locality’, the networks that extend beyond the immediate community. It explores the challenges faced by PE teachers in culturally diverse workplaces, and the interconnections between place, institutions, and the parallel processes of mobility and globalisation. To understand and theorise the myriad of interactions and practice around diversity, differences, and social justice among lecturers, teachers, and students across the two locations, the book offers an emerging area of scholarship that focuses on a trans-local perspective in diversity and inclusion in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE). Diversity, Difference and Social Justice in Physical Education will be of significance to those who manage, teach, and research issues associated with diversity and advocate for diversifying the teaching workforce in PETE.

Choreographing Difference

Even companics such as the Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company, who pride themselves on the diversity of their dancers, rarely have much variation among the women dancers (all of whom are quite slim). Any time a dancer's body is ...


Author: Ann Cooper Albright

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819569917

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 244

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The choreographies of Bill T. Jones, Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels, Zab Maboungou, David Dorfman, Marie Chouinard, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and others, have helped establish dance as a crucial discourse of the 90s. These dancers, Ann Cooper Albright argues, are asking the audience to see the body as a source of cultural identity — a physical presence that moves with and through its gendered, racial, and social meanings. Through her articulate and nuanced analysis of contemporary choreography, Albright shows how the dancing body shifts conventions of representation and provides a critical example of the dialectical relationship between cultures and the bodies that inhabit them. As a dancer, feminist, and philosopher, Albright turns to the material experience of bodies, not just the body as a figure or metaphor, to understand how cultural representation becomes embedded in the body. In arguing for the intelligence of bodies, Choreographing Difference is itself a testimonial, giving voice to some important political, moral, and artistic questions of our time. Ebook Edition Note: All images have been redacted.