"A bit of convincing madness": toward the development of a university dance program in Newfoundland and Labrador

Walsh, Kristin Harris (2019) "A bit of convincing madness": toward the development of a university dance program in Newfoundland and Labrador. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Dance is a critical part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s heritage and contemporary arts scene, and the lack of dance in the K-12 and postsecondary school system is incongruent with dance’s cultural importance to the province. This study uses the personal narratives of individuals involved in the creation of dance programs at universities across Canada as the basis for exploring how academic dance programming might be developed at Memorial University of Newfoundland. It sheds light on the benefits and challenges involved in creating an academic dance program and considers the significance of local context, strengths of dance as a scholarly and performative discipline, and finding allies and creating partnerships in the arts, the university, and in community for such an endeavour. This study makes recommendations for how dance could be developed at Memorial, thereby contributing to the development of the academic dancespace in Canada.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/13824
Item ID: 13824
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-179).
Keywords: dance, Memorial University, post-secondary education, dance education, Canada, university
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: May 2019
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Dance--Study and teaching (Higher)--Newfoundland and Labrador

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