Dance Competition Culture and Commercial Dance

Intertwined Aesthetics, Values, and Practices

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Abstract

In the United States dance competition culture and commercial dance are both highly visible. Although connections between the two distinct dance worlds are implicitly present, they remain largely unexamined. To begin a conversation about how commercial dance and dance competition culture relate and their influence on dance education, this article provides a contextualization of nine dance competition teacher/choreographers' perceptions of how commercial dance and dance competition culture inform each other. Interview data reveal the impression of a strong, tangible link between commercial dance and dance competition culture, and that overlapping values point to a symbiotic relationship between the two. The positioning of commercial dance and dance competition culture as popular and accessible has a direct influence on how Americans consider and engage with dance. As such, examining dance competition teacher/choreographers’ experiences provides valuable insight into the role of dance and dance education in the US.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-67
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Dance Education
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Dance Competition Culture and Commercial Dance : Intertwined Aesthetics, Values, and Practices. / Schupp, Karen.

In: Journal of Dance Education, Vol. 19, No. 2, 03.04.2019, p. 58-67.

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