Attracting and retaining boys in ballet: A qualitative study of female dance teachers

Clegg, Helen and Owton, Helen and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2019) Attracting and retaining boys in ballet: A qualitative study of female dance teachers. Journal of Dance Education . ISSN 1529-0824

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Abstract

Dance provides both psychological and physical benefits, and yet
many boys miss out due to societal perceptions surrounding the feminization of
dance. These perceptions can lead to the bullying of boys who dance. Because dance
teachers are in a unique position to engage boys in dance, it is important to investigate
their perceptions. This article reports the experiences of ten female dance teachers from
the United Kingdom vis-à-vis attracting and retaining boys in dance, especially ballet.
Here we focus on three salient themes that emerged from the data: dancing boys in
social context, parental and teacher support, and improving the dancing boy’s milieu.
The dance teachers identified a number of strategies for engaging and retaining boys in
ballet, such as privileging boys within the dance studio and improving opportunities to
dance in schools. This article posits potential strategies to engage boys in ballet that
could potentially empower all genders within the dance world.

Keywords:Sociology, Gender, Dance, Ballet, Dance education
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W500 Dance
W Creative Arts and Design > W540 Types of Dance
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:35492
Deposited On:08 Apr 2019 13:23

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