I can’t. I have dance: dance competition culture as serious leisure and pre-professional training

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Abstract

This article provides an introductory contextualization to dance competition culture’s evolution since the early 1980s in relationship to serious leisure. Dance competition culture (which includes the for-profit regional and national  competition events focused on jazz, contemporary or lyrical dance, hip hop, tap, and ballet and the dance studios that train dancers for these events) is a significant site for dance training in the United States. Using a physical cultural studies lens in relation to the conceptualization of serious leisure, the article suggests that dance competition culture is shifting towards pre-professional dance training thereby changing dance competition culture from a serious leisure pursuit into vocational training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-492
Number of pages14
JournalLeisure Studies
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2020

Keywords

  • commercial dance
  • Dance competition culture
  • dance education
  • physical cultural studies
  • serious leisure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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