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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

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

Katherine Polasek

Emily Roper

University Press of Florida

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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