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ERIC Number: EJ1078038
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1464-7893
Re-Thinking Ballet Pedagogy: Approaching a Historiography of Fifth Position
Morris, Merry Lynn
Research in Dance Education, v16 n3 p245-258 2015
This article addresses the use of the fifth position in historical and current dance training practices with particular emphasis upon examining the 180° aesthetic and its hegemonic, idealized persistence in dancing bodies, as a marker of perfection and "beauty". Historical research is interwoven with practice-based experience and dance medicine research to reveal the conflicted issues within the pedagogy, its rationale, ideology and continued practice in dance classrooms. The author argues for a more thorough the examination of how traditional dance practices and their dominant aesthetics exert power and control in the psyches of today's dancing bodies, urging pedagogical re-evaluation and evolution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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