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Dance and GenderAn Evidence-Based Approach$
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Wendy Oliver and Doug Risner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062662

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062662.001.0001

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An Introduction to Dance and Gender

An Introduction to Dance and Gender

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(p.1) 1 An Introduction to Dance and Gender
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Dance and Gender
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Wendy Oliver

Doug Risner

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062662.003.0001

Chapter 1 introduces the relationship between dance and gender, inquiring into the ways dance is gendered in Western society today and the significance of these findings. An extensive review of literature covers feminist perspectives, social construction of gender, gender equity, men in dance, queer theory and GLBT studies, plus gender roles in modern dance, ballet, social, religious, popular and recreational dance. Two of the most-discussed issues within the literature since the mid-1990s are the presentation of women’s bodies onstage, and how male dancers disrupt traditional ideas of masculinity. Dance outside the gender binary is also considered. Gender roles onstage, in class, in rehearsal, in company leadership, in postsecondary dance departments, and in choreographer funding are sites of inquiry within this book of empirical research studies and essays.

Keywords:   Gender, Gender roles, Dance, Feminist, Masculinity, Men in dance, Queer theory, Women’s bodies, Equity, GBLT

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