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Dancing to Learn

Dancing to Learn shows students at Perth Avenue Public School and dance educator Arwyn Carpenter in action – exploring, creating and moving together in the gymnasium. Peppered with comments from the students and Carpenter’s insightful articulation, the video demonstrates the benefits and transferrable skills facilitated through dance.

 

Code of Silence

A call to action to address and prevent abuse in dance communities By Marie France Forcier

In the March/April issue of The Dance Current, Marie France Forcier hosted the print conversation, “Creating Safe Spaces.” The article focused on sharing strategies for identifying and preventing abusive situations. In this follow-up, Forcier delves deeper into the problematic, widespread and systematic experiences that lay at the root of that discussion by challenging what she identifies as the code of silence within the discipline.

 
Student Reporter Project 2015/16

The Hidden Value of a Dance Education

By Elizabeth Graves

Your dance training vanishes after your last performance; it is a means to a finite product. However, the challenge of creating great dance teaches invaluable skills that can support any endeavour.

 

Exclusion in Inclusion

Male dancers are in high demand, but at what expense does the dance world seek to encourage their participation? By Carolyn Hebert

There are many current programs and incentives aimed to encourage boys and men to dance, but how do they affect the girls and women with whom the male dancers train and perform? Carolyn Hebert examines the implications of such policies on both male and female dancers, as well as the dance world more broadly. She examines the consequences of the use of gendered language of athleticism as a way to make dance appear more masculine. Using her own research amongst adolescent dancer in a competitive studio, she highlights how costume, choreography and teaching practice often prioritize boys’ experience at the expense of the girls.

 

The Future Dancers of Canada

A look at the next generation of dancers through performance images of professional and degree-granting programs from across the country.

 

New Programs for Dance Teacher Training

A collaborative effort between several professional dance schools in Montréal yields a new attestation of collegial studies in dance training in one of two specializations, classical or contemporary dance.

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