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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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Friendship Formation among Professional Male Dancers

Friendship Formation among Professional Male Dancers

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(p.115) 7 Friendship Formation among Professional Male Dancers
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Dance and Gender
Author(s):

Katherine Polasek

Emily Roper

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062662.003.0007

The purpose of this study was to examine the formation of friendships among 12 current professional male ballet and modern dancers. In-depth semi-structured interviews regarding the nature and quality of their friendships with men and women in their respective dance companies were conducted. Four emergent themes are discussed: (a) relational challenges early in life; (b) sexuality and friendship formation; (c) culture of dance; and (d) competition among male dancers. The findings provide insight into the ways in which male ballet and modern dancers connect and/or disconnect with both male and female dancers and how gender and sexuality influences social interactions and relationships.

Keywords:   Male dancers, friendship, sexuality, competition, social, relationships, ballet, modern dance, gender

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