Community dance as a democratic dialogue

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Show simple item record Wise, S en Buck, Ralph en Martin, Rosemary en Yu, L en 2020-04-09T02:06:10Z en 2020 en
dc.identifier.issn 1478-2103 en
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dc.description.abstract This article explores the values that bridge democracy and community dance. Policymakers show an interest in promoting democracy, including the very values shared between community dance and democracy. Observing this, we propose that policy may benefit from examining the pedagogy and practices of community dance, and incorporate relevant aspects of community dance’s ability to teach democratic values, into education policy. Through personal accounts and references, it highlights the ways in which community dance could have democratizing effects on its participants, encouraging people to actively create inclusive, participatory, and empowering spaces. Democracy takes practice, and recent, ongoing violent events show us the need for greater civic education in society: education that disseminates the values of democracy, as well as the everyday work of practicing, supporting, and existing in a democracy. As community dancers, we are compelled to explore the ways in which our discipline might intersect with policy, and wider social and political issues. We approach this exploration by raising the question, how might community dance play a role in education policy, as a means of fostering democracy within our world? To address this question, we delve into our mutually held values of inclusion, participation, and empowerment, to further understand the ways they are apparent within the community dance field and the ways they are apparent in defining democracy. Serving as a starting point to larger discussions, we illustrate that democracy and community dance share certain values, that community dance has the potential to teach people how to embody these values, and that these values are conducive to education policy. en
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Policy Futures in Education en
dc.rights Items in ResearchSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. en
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dc.title Community dance as a democratic dialogue en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1478210319866290 en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 375 en
pubs.volume 18 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.end-page 390 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 756593 en Creative Arts and Industries en Dance Studies Programme en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2018-11-19 en

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