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ERIC Number: EJ764265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
"A Shock of Electricity Just Sort of Goes through My Body": Physical Activity and Embodied Reflexive Practices in Young Female Ballet Dancers
Wellard, Ian; Pickard, Angela; Bailey, Richard
Gender and Education, v19 n1 p79-91 Jan 2007
Participation in physical activities, in and out of school, remains heavily influenced by social constructions of gendered behaviour. In addition, the body plays a significant part in the presentation of legitimate performances of physical practice and the construction of a physical "identity". The consequence is that in formalized activities many girls (and boys) are provided little chance to experience the pleasurable aspects of physical activity, as well as the added benefits of bodily confidence and knowledge. We suggest that the association of dance with other artistic forms of expression provides an opportunity to contest taken for granted assumptions about sport and physical education. The material for this paper was drawn from observations and interviews conducted with young, female dancers, aged between 9- and 11-years-old, at an internationally renowned ballet school in London.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)