ERIC Number: EJ821228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
"Speaking a Secret Language:" West Coast Swing as a Community of Practice of Informal and Incidental Learners
Callahan, Jamie L.
Research in Dance Education, v6 n1-2 p3-23 Apr 2005
This study reports the findings of a qualitative study of competitive West Coast Swing dancers that incorporated both ethnographic and phenomenological techniques. A modern variation of the original Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing is typically learned in dance studios and non-profit clubs. The West Coast Swing community can be considered a community of practice in which nonformal and incidental learning occurs for participants; this study explores the nature of the learning that occurs within this community. The nonformal nature of learning the dance itself creates the community of practice; in turn, dancers encounter incidental learning, especially regarding interpersonal communication, as they learn the dance.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Incidental Learning, Informal Education, Dance Education, Phenomenology, Ethnography, Nonformal Education, Community, Competition
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