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ERIC Number: EJ893002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1063-2913
Dance Education Matters: Rebuilding Postsecondary Dance Education for Twenty-First Century Relevance and Resonance
Risner, Doug
Arts Education Policy Review, v111 n4 p123-135 2010
Postsecondary dance education is at a crucial juncture in its history in academe. Emerging from women's physical education programs in the 1930s, the profession's realignment with the arts broadly and arts-based education specifically has been characterized by ambitious goals and steady growth through the 1990s. However, a number of critical developments over the past decade have displaced many previous gains and undermined the overall stability and integrity of the field. Four primary challenges are investigated in this article: curricular equity, expansive dance education programs, graduate study opportunities, and national leadership. I urge dance educators and administrators to re-envision and expand P-12 dance education in the liberal arts tradition to include private studio, commercial-sector dance in community and related teaching professions. This article provides recommendations and strategies for developing relevant and resonant twenty-first-century dance education programs beyond current confines. (Contains 6 tables and 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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