‘If the Hat Fits’ Examining the impact of male-only, extra-Curricular provision on male dancers studying in Higher Education.

Milner, Debbie (2017) ‘If the Hat Fits’ Examining the impact of male-only, extra-Curricular provision on male dancers studying in Higher Education. TaPRA Conference 2017, 30/08/2017-01/09/2017, Salford University, New Adelphi Building.

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Abstract

The value and identity of the male dancer has been scrutinised since the conception of formalised dance. The dance class, as taught in Higher Education, is a challenging context for males where instructive language, movement concepts and level of technical proficiency are unfamiliar and destructive to development and confidence (Risner, D. 2007:141). ‘If the Hat Fits’ is a PAR film and paper that considers the formal training of male dancers in HE. The research presents a case study championing the benefits of male-only extra-curricula training provision as fundamental to employability and the development of the ‘emerging professional’. Findings offer new perspectives on the value of non-assessed training opportunities that foster vulnerability, risk taking, self-efficacy allowing students to ‘try on’ a professional identity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Male Dancer, Higher Education, Training, Employability
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Performing Arts
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 15:02
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9763

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