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My purpose in this research was to examine women contemporary dancers’ positive experiences. While previous research in women’s dance experiences exit, it tends to focus on the negative outcomes of dance participation. Using a phenomenologically inspired approach I sought to answer the following...
My dissertation topic focuses on the interaction between dances, their contexts and their meanings. I am interested in a wide range of creative factors that are involved in the dance-context interaction. I chose to investigate these factors by looking at the Peacock Dance, which originates in the...
Recently, a new wave of gaming known as active gaming or exergaming has shown it can be an educationally functional and enjoyable method of learning within areas of the curriculum which highlight dance or other individual activities. This study aimed to better understand the impact dance and...
Dancing the Self: How Girls who Dance in Commercial Dance Studios Construct a Self Through the Dancing BodyDownload
Dance has been identified as one of adolescent girls’ favourite activities (Clark, Spence & Holt, 2011; Dowda et al., 2006; Wright, Macdonald, & Groom, 2003) and the dance studio as an important site of girls’ physical activity (Harrow et al., 2009; Kuo et al., 2003). However, research on dance...
This exploratory work investigates the “transformational festival,” a contemporary form of celebratory leisure that revolves around music, the arts, community, and co-creativity. By integrating interpretative phenomenological analysis with methods from arts-based research, critical ethnography,...
Magic and Madness: An Autoethnographic Creative Nonfiction Arts-based Research Project Exploring the Makings of Mad Home Within and Outside of Dance SpacesDownload
The following thesis is an artistic exploration interested in discovering how Mad Home (Eales, 2018) can be crafted within dance spaces. In doing so, I discovered how my experiences with madness have infiltrated, inhabited, and influenced my experiences within normative dance spaces and beyond....
As is apparent from the ‘we’ in the title and the long list of editors, The Winter We Danced is as much a collective of voices as it is a collection of authors. The ‘we’ assembled here all share a connection to the Idle No More (INM) movement. This movement began in November 2012 as an Aboriginal...
SSHRC Awarded PEG 2019: This Partnership Engage grant proposes a gathering where academics and artists come together to heighten dialogue and practice around experiential learning and embodied performance practice. The overall goal is an increased awareness and knowledge mobilization of dance...