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ERIC Number: EJ824164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1464-7893
Courage and Power: Dancing in Senegal
Moss, Suzan
Research in Dance Education, v3 n1 p57-61 Apr 2002
This article explores continuing professional development. I teach in a community college where 93% of the students are black and Latino. I am a Caucasian teacher, and my background is primarily modern and jazz dance. In recent years I have been studying African and Latin dance forms, so that I can address the deep hunger my students have to learn more about their cultural backgrounds and dance forms. At times I have felt self-conscious when teaching this material, since my knowledge comes from dance studios and libraries, rather than from my own roots. Recently, I secured a grant from Bronx Community College to spend 2 weeks in Senegal studying traditional dancing and drumming. While there I had a vivid personal experience of the strength and vitality that these traditions embody. Therefore, I can bring a more legitimate and personally meaningful perspective to my teaching. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York; Senegal