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ERIC Number: EJ953178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Balancing Identity, Motivation, and Internal Dialogue in the Making of Solos: Conquering the High Wire
Andrzejewski, Carey E.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v24 n6 p673-692 2011
This exploratory study emerged out of my interests in dance-making and phenomenology. In order to develop a portrait of how student dance artists choreograph self-performed solos, I asked nine graduate student dance-makers to contribute accounts of their experiences. From my efforts to make meaning of the participants' experiences, a composite emerged. Her name is Helen; she is a high wire artist, and her story serves as a metaphor for the shared experiences of the nine participating dance artists. I envision Helen confronting her reflection, climbing the ladder, crossing the tight rope, and enjoying the praise of the audience below. Each act stands as a symbol for one of the four emergent themes regarding solo dance-making: struggles with identity, struggles with motivation, the necessity of internal dialogue, and the need for balance. I conclude the manuscript with a discussion regarding the implications of these findings for dance education and education in other contexts that require complex "solo" work. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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