ERIC Number: ED350264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Modern Dance in a Postmodern World: An Analysis of Federal Arts Funding and Its Impact on the Field of Modern Dance.
Van Dyke, Jan
This book om the interrelationship of economics and aesthetics from the perspective of modern dance includes a preface and six chapters. Chapter 1, "The Modern Dance Point of View," presents a history of modern dance from 1915 to the 1980s. Chapter 2, "The National Endowment for the Arts and Its Impact on Modern Dance," consists of a review of literature and a discussion of the impact of the NEA on dance companies' organizational structure and financial stability, the decentralization of the field, the impact of NEA funding patterns on other funding agencies, the nature of the grant-making process, and political implications of NEA funding policies. Chapter 3 presents perspectives from four artists (Elizabeth Keen, Kathryn Posin, Jefferson James, and Spider Kedelsky). Chapter 4,"Higher Education and the Professional Dance World," discusses modern dance and the university, professionalism, the education and training of dancers, the conservatory tradition, ballet training, testing and technique, and the dancer as a person. Chapter 5, "Modern Dance in a Postmodern World," discusses issues related to modern dance as an art in the contemporary postmodern period, the NEA's impact and role in transforming dance into a commodity, careerism among dancers, a loss of purpose among dancers, and the role of education. Chapter 6, "Afterward: April 10, 1991," concludes the work with a discussion of the economic recession and funding for the arts, press coverage, and NEA's present situation. (Contains 128 references.) (LL)
Descriptors: Aesthetic Values, Cultural Context, Dance, Dance Education, Educational History, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Personal Narratives, Politics of Education
AAHPERD, Publications Sales, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Reston, VA. National Dance Association.
Identifiers: Historical Background; Modern Dance; National Endowment for the Arts