1st Edition

Sexuality, Gender and Identity Critical Issues in Dance Education

Edited By Doug Risner, Julie Kerr-Berry Copyright 2016
    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    140 Pages
    by Routledge

    Sexuality is a difficult topic for all educators. Dance teachers and educators are not immune to these educational challenges, especially given the large number of children, adolescents, and young adults who pursue dance study and performance. Most troubling is the lack of serious discourse in dance education and the development of educative strategies to promote healthy sexuality and empowered gender identities in proactive ways.

    This volume, focused on sexuality, gender, and identity in dance education, expands this developing area of study and investigates diverse perspectives from public schools, private sector dance studios and schools, as well as college and university dance programs. By openly bringing issues of sexuality and gender to the forefront of dance education and training, this book straightforwardly addresses critical challenges for engaged educators interested in age appropriate content, theme and costume; the hyper-sexualization of children and adolescents; sexual orientation and homophobia; the hidden curriculum of sexuality and gender; sexual identity; the impact of contemporary culture; and mass media, and sexual exploitation. The original research provides a frank discussion, highlighting practical applications and offering insights and recommendations for today’s educational environment in dance. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Dance Education.

    1. Introduction

    Doug Risner

    2. Considering the Issue of Sexploitation of Young Women in Dance: K-12 Perspectives in Dance Education

    Dawn Clark

    3. The Impact of Sexuality in Contemporary Culture: An Interpretive Study of Perceptions and Choices in Private Sector Dance Education

    Doug Risner, Heidi Godfrey and Linda C. Simmons

    4. Sexuality and Sexual Identity: Critical Possibilities for Teaching Dance Appreciation and Dance History

    Ann Dils

    5. Perspectives: Sexuality and Dance in Higher Education

    Luke Kahlich, Sherry B. Shapiro, Donna Davenport and Bill Evans

    6. Examining Sexual Exploitation in Secondary Schools: Correlating Student Choreography and Teacher Efforts

    Pamela S. Musil

    7. The Hidden Curriculum of Gender in Dance Education

    Susan W. Stinson

    8. Lesbian Lacunae: Invisible Spaces in Dance Education

    Karen A. Mozingo

    9. Sexual Orientation and Male Participation in Dance Education: Revisiting the Open Secret

    Doug Risner

    10. Movement for Men: A Course Challenging the Notion that Male Students Don't Dance

    Christina Tsoules Soriano and Karen Clemente

    11. Policing Masculinity and Dance Reality Television: What Gender Nonconformity Can Teach Us in the Classroom

    Mark A. Broomfield

    12. HIV/AIDS in Dance Education: A Pilot Study in Higher Education

    Doug Risner and Shara Thompson

    13. Black Bodies in Dance Education: Charting a New Pedagogical Paradigm to Eliminate Gendered and Hypersexualized Assumptions

    C. S'thembile West

    14. The Politics of Personal Pedagogy: Examining Teacher Identities

    Julie Kerr-Berry, Karen Clemente and Doug Risner

    15. Embodied Subjectivities: Nine Young Women Talking Dance

    Gabrielle O'Flynn, Zoe Pryor and Tonia Gray


    Doug Risner is Professor of Dance at Wayne State University, Detroit, USA and is the author of Stigma and Perseverance in the Lives of Boys Who Dance (2009) and Hybrid Lives of Teaching Artists in Dance and Theatre Arts (2014) with Mary Anderson. He is associate editor of Research in Dance Education.

    Julie A. Kerr-Berry is Professor and Director of Dance at Minnesota State University-Mankato, USA. She is a Fulbright Scholar (Indonesia), the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award from the National Dance Education Organization, and editor in chief emeritus of the Journal of Dance Education.