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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...
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,...
This action research project seeks to explore the question, “how can the community dances of Alberta’s past become a context for learning in the Alberta grade four music program?” This question gives the researcher an opportunity to explore several things, one of which is David Elliott’s idea of...