Redefining Excellence

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Jan E. Van Dyke, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: I am writing in response to the recent series of editorials by Dr. Doug Risner dealing with the issue of equity in dance education. He looks critically at the choices dance programs are making: cutting out many liberal arts and education courses to emphasize studio arts classes. My particular concern is about what happens to our students after college. As Dr. Risner states, the number of BFA programs is growing across the country, 1 focusing young dancers on technique and other studio-based classes. We are graduating more and better dancers than ever before. But then what? There are ethical questions raised by providing student artists a narrow education in the studio when we are a field with relatively few performance-oriented jobs.

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Language: English
Date: 2009
higher education, dance education, dance professionals, studio arts classes, university dance programs, dance professionals, dance careers

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