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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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Sassy Girls and Hard-Hitting Boys

Sassy Girls and Hard-Hitting Boys

Dance Competition Culture and Gender

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Dance and Gender

Karen Schupp

University Press of Florida

Through participating in dance competitions, adolescent dancers can potentially learn valuable lessons about responsibility, teamwork, dealing with criticism, and performing under pressure. At the same time, dance competitions can convey strong messages about how participants should look, move, act, and how gender should be performed. This chapter establishes a broad understanding of gender in dance competitions by examining, articulating, and contextualizing female adolescent participants’ experiences with and beliefs about gender in dance competitions by using a mixed method research approach implementing a sequential explanatory strategy. Analysing adolescent dancers’ perspectives about gender in this context provides insight into what makes dance competitions increasingly compelling to the general public as well as imparts valuable information about the expectations and attributes of dancers from this background.

Keywords:   Dance competitions, Competitive dance, Gender, Adolescents, Private sector, Dancers

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