Two perceptions of the purposes, aesthetic concepts, and background for writing dance criticism according to selected literature and Washington, D.C. dance critics

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Nancy Diers Johnson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gay E. Cheney

Abstract: This investigation described the components of dance criticism, the aesthetic concepts guiding the viewing of theatrical dance performance, and the identification of certain aspects of education, experience, or training needed to write dance criticism. The data base for this study comes from two sources. Half of the materials were derived from a search of literature and the other source was eight dance critics from the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metropolitan area who wrote dance criticism for local publications. All were locally recognized dance critics. All received payment for their writings. The selection of materials for the study taken from the literature was based upon the publication date, i.e., between 1960 and 1979. The selections were located in nationally available books or magazines and were written by persons who were nationally recognized for their association with dance. Ideas obtained from the literary search were used to develop a focused interview schedule. Open-response questions were designed to encourage the respondents to discuss their opinions on the issues under discussion. The primary research tool was an in-depth, semi-structured interview.

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Language: English
Date: 1981
Dance criticism
Dance critics
Ballet $z Washington (D.C.)

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