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ERIC Number: EJ1128466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1529-0824
Community to Classroom: Reflections on Community-Centered Pedagogy in Contemporary Modern Dance Technique
Fitzgerald, Mary
Journal of Dance Education, v17 n1 p1-7 2017
This article reflects on the ways in which socially engaged arts practices can contribute to reconceptualizing the contemporary modern dance technique class as a powerful site of social change. Specifically, the author considers how incorporating socially engaged practices into pedagogical models has the potential to foster responsible citizenship in the technique classroom. The article discusses community arts values and facilitation techniques, as well as the challenges that arise when socially engaged ideologies collide with student expectations and academic policies. In the context of a technique class, an emphasis on reciprocity, collaboration, and inclusion as opposed to individual achievement often raises questions about technical mastery, authority, and assessment. Despite these concerns, the author concludes that a community-centered pedagogy promotes collective awareness, generosity, and social engagement, all of which are essential in nurturing artist-citizens who truly embody democratic ideals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona (Phoenix)
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