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Dance in a World of Change

Dance in a World of Change

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    Dance in a World of Change: Reflections on Globalization and Cultural Difference will help you
    • understand how dance instruction is affected by globalization;
    • discover the ways in which the discourse and curriculum of dance connect it to the critical, political, moral, and aesthetic dimensions of contemporary society; and
    • learn from the rich and generative set of experiences of international dance educators, choreographers, critics, and scholars.

    Dance in a World of Change: Reflections on Globalization and Cultural Difference presents a range of international perspectives on dance pedagogy, the body, performance, and dance and culture. The text expands the discourse of dance that connects it to the critical, political, moral, and aesthetic dimensions of contemporary society, and it explores how globalization is influencing and shaping the future of dance.

    The contributing writers hail from around the world: South Africa, Brazil, Croatia, Ireland, Canada, Taiwan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Holland, Jamaica, and the United States. They bring their distinguished records as dance educators, choreographers, critics, and scholars to this book as they address
    • a form of human empowerment or cultural resistance;
    • a means of recognizing diverse cultural experience and communicating common humanity;
    • an expression of social conflict, injustice, violence, and marginalization; and
    • an educational process that transcends the particular and encompasses commonality.

    As growing connections between diverse communities transform our sensibilities, people’s assumptions about what is good and bad, beautiful and ugly, or rational and irrational are often challenged. The changes that result can produce new and sometimes startling forms of art, create new identities formed from disparate histories and experiences, and help people rethink how they came to value one dance form over another. As new forms of dance expression are created, dance educators are using these changes to illustrate to their students what they might mean.

    For example, cultural borrowing in dance and pedagogy has evoked questions concerning the meaning of the tradition itself: What is African dance? Is it African dance if it is taught by a non-African? Does it remain a cultural dance if it is performed simply as a dance and no longer as a story of the people? This text helps dance educators celebrate cultural traditions while recognizing the forces and forms that bridge our common experience.

    In part I of this book, contributors explore how traditional dance forms are being shaped by the global dance environment and how this environment is influencing new forms of popular dance. Part II takes a look at sexual orientation, racism, and prejudice and challenges the assumptions of what is normative. Multicultural issues as they relate to dance pedagogy are examined in part III, and part IV helps readers to transcend the differences between cultures and embrace the commonalities shared through dance.

    Each chapter includes an introduction and ending reflections that provide insight and create a place for dialogue. References, which are grouped by chapter at the end of the book, provide additional information for follow-up.

    Dance in a World of Change is a catalyst for new thinking about dance among teachers, choreographers, and scholars in the field. Readers will experience the passion and excitement of the contributing writers, who delineate the connections that help form a global community.

    Audience

    Audience: Text for dance majors and choreographers; reference for dance educators and dance scholars.

    Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgments

    Part I. Dance as Cultural Memory: Challenging Globalization
    Chapter 1. Stepping Into Footprints: Tradition and the Globalization of Irish Dance
    Michael Seaver
    Chapter 2. The Quest for Preserving and Representing National Identity
    Ivan?ica Jankovi?
    Chapter 3. Dance Inna Dancehall: Dance in Jamaican Dancehall and Its Roots in Traditional Lore and Contemporary Developments
    Christopher A. Walker

    Part II. Politics of Belonging: Disrupting the Norms
    Chapter 4. Writing in the Flesh: Body, Identity, Disability, and Difference
    Lúcia Matos
    Chapter 5. When Boys Dance: Cultural Resistance and Male Privilege in Dance Education
    Doug Risner
    Chapter 6. Acts of Love Under a Southern Moon
    Lynn Maree

    Part III. Conversations on Dance for a Multicultural World
    Chapter 7. Common Experience Creates Magnitudes of Meaning
    Ann Kipling Brown
    Chapter 8. Dialogical Pedagogy, Embodied Knowledge, and Meaningful Learning
    Eeva Anttila
    Chapter 9. Transferable Theory: Researching Movement Concepts in Different Cultural Contexts
    Shu-Ying Liu

    Part IV. Transcending Differences: The Commonalities of Dance
    Chapter 10. My Body, My Life, and Dance
    Adrienne Sansom
    Chapter 11. Holds No Memory: A Proposition as a Way to a Proposal About Dance Through Dance
    Ana Sánchez-Colberg with Efva Lilja
    Chapter 12. Dance in a World of Change: A Vision for Global Aesthetics and Universal Ethics
    Sherry B. Shapiro

    References
    Index
    About the Editor
    About the Contributors

    About the Editor

    Sherry B. Shapiro, EdD, is director of women's studies at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she is a full professor in the department of dance and theatre. She is the author of three books and numerous articles on critical and feminist approaches to dance pedagogy and the body in contemporary culture. Sherry has been the keynote speaker at national and international conferences advocating the role of arts education in encouraging a concern for social justice and human rights. She also has received awards for her research and artistic work, as well as her work as a dance educator, including the University Dance Educator of the Year Award in 1999, presented by the Dance Association of North Carolina Educators. She has served on many boards and committees, including as president for the Dance Association of North Carolina Educators.