Dance, Professional Practice, and the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities for Dance Professionals, Students, and Educators, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Dance, Professional Practice, and the Workplace

Challenges and Opportunities for Dance Professionals, Students, and Educators, 1st Edition

Edited by Angela Pickard, Doug Risner


136 pages

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Originally published as a special issue of Research in Dance Education, now with an added chapter, this text acknowledges and celebrates the increasingly diverse careers and employment networks in which dance professionals and dance educators are engaged.

Addressing issues and developments relating to the workplace of dance, the text explores what it means to transcend the boundary between dance as passion, and dance as employment. Chapters explore challenges of professional practice including limitations on access, precarity, bodily risk, gender inequality, and sexual harassment, and challenge the status quo to offer readers new ways of thinking about dance, and how this might translate into professional practice and work. Ultimately celebrating the passion which motivates dancers to embark on a professional career, and highlighting the elation and joy which such employment can bring, this volume encourages dance professionals, students, and educators to imagine things differently and develop teaching approaches, curricula, work places, and communities which capitalise on the diversity and dedication of individuals in the field.

This text will be of great interest to graduate and postgraduate students, researchers, academics, professionals in the field of Dance, Dance Education, Choreography and related art forms, Curriculum studies and Sociology of Education.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Dance and Work, Special Issue

1. Embodying Precarity, Pain and Perfection: Young Dancers Commitment to the Ballet Body as Aesthetic Project

2. Gaga as Embodied Research

3. Creative and Embodied Methods to Tech Reflections and Support Students Learning

4. Rebalancing Dance Curricula Through Repurposing Black Dance Aesthetics

5. WhoLoDancE: Digital Tools and the Dance Learning Environment

6. A Delicate Balance: How Postsecondary Dance Faculty in the United States Perceive

Themselves Negotiating Responsibilities Expected for Tenure

7. Body Trouble: Sexual Harassment and Worker Abuse in Musical Theater Dance Employment 

About the Editors

Angela Pickard isReader in Dance Education andSubject Lead for Dance Education and Dance (BA), at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. She is also Editor in Chief for the journal Research in Dance Education.

Doug Risner is Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Professor of Dance, and Director for the MA in Dance Teaching Artistry program at Wayne State University, US.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Emilie Coin: [email protected] – Editor, UK, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Professional Development
EDUCATION / Arts in Education