Issues of race, class, gender and religion permeate the study of contemporary dance, resulting in cultural clashes in classrooms and studios. The first of its kind, this book provides dance educators with tools to refocus teaching methods to celebrate the pluralism of the United States. The contributors discuss how to diversify ballet technique classes and dance history courses in higher education, choreographing dance about socially charged contemporary issues, and incorporating Native American dances into the curriculum, among other topics. The application of relevant pedagogy in the dance classroom enables instructors to teach methods that reflect students' culture and affirm their experiences.
About the Author
Nyama McCarthy-Brown is an associate professor of dance pedagogy through community engagement, at The Ohio State University. She has been writing and developing teaching strategies in dance education for well over a decade. Her research is focused on dance as a vehicle for social justice.