‘I wanted to be Darcey Bussell’: motivations and experiences of female dance-teachers

Owton, Helen and Clegg, Helen and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2016) ‘I wanted to be Darcey Bussell’: motivations and experiences of female dance-teachers. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin, 22 . pp. 55-64. ISSN 2044-0820

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Abstract

Dance, analogous to professional sport, constitutes an interesting occupation in that there are relatively few
vocations in which the athleticism of the body is inextricably linked to the ability to perform and teach. Dance teachers could pursue teaching as a career as a way to remain involved in the physicality of dance to maintain a sense of self as a dancer. Dance teachers make up a large proportion of the professional dance world in the United Kingdom and yet little is known about their role, training, continuing professional development and motivations to engage in a dance teaching career. To address this lacuna, research was undertaken with ten female dance-teachers (24 to 71 years). Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data, from which two key themes emerged as salient: (i) staying in dance; (ii) dance teaching as a career: challenges and skills. Pursuing a career in dance teaching was viewed as a way to maintain a sense of self as a dancer. Participants who had been dance performers appeared to view teaching as a natural career progression. The complex skills required of a dance teacher were highlighted and participants positioned dance teaching as a highly specialist career.

Keywords:Dance, teaching, Psychology, Qualitative methods, Qualitative research, Dance teaching, Gender, NotOAChecked
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:24570
Deposited On:12 Oct 2016 19:36

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