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Title: Adolescent Male Dancers' Embodied Realities
Other Titles: 青少年男舞者与现实之奥妙
Authors: Li, Zihao
Advisor: Cameron, Linda
Lee, Bartel
Warner, Mary Jane
Kipling Brown, Ann
Booth, David
Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Keywords: male dancers
male dance students
documentary on males
dance and physical education
dance curriculum
dance pedegogy
Issue Date: 8-Jun-2010
Abstract: This dissertation looks at adolescent male dance students who challenge the dominant perceptions of masculinity by participating in dance, an art form which has been subjected to feminine and homosexual stereotypes. With a multi-methodological approach—qualitative, arts-informed, autobiography, interviews, videotape, and performance—this research investigates and explores the largely unknown realities regarding adolescent male dance students; why they decide to take dance; what makes them continue or stop dancing; how their perceptions of dance are transformed over time; how they feel when they are dancing; the realities they embody in studio and on stage; their message to the public about who they were, who they are, and what they want to be in and through dance. The researcher challenges the socially constructed epistemology that dance is merely an entertainment while exploring the relationship between mind and body; gender, race, and identity; literature and literacy; physical education and dance; the professional and the novice; the hows and the whys; female and male dance educators; dance pedagogy (theory) and curriculum delivering (practice); and the association of homosexuality and heterosexuality in the context of dance and its effect on adolescent male students’ willingness to dance. This study shows that families, friends, teachers, school administrators, dance class environment, media (So You Think You Can Dance), and technology (internet) have all created various levels of impact on adolescent males’ decision to participate in dance at a high school. Data and implication from this research can serve as a catalyst for future studies on adolescent male dance students. Findings can also be applied to dance programs at all levels, curriculum development, and teacher education. This electronic dissertation encompasses graphs, photos, audio and video clips, webpage links, and even a full-length documentary movie to enhance the research finding and maximize the power of a multimodal design (Jewitt & Kress, 2003).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24468
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Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning - Doctoral theses

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Li_Zihao_201006_PhD_trailer.movVideo documentary – trailer (1 minute)41.98 MBVideo Quicktime
Li_Zihao_201006_PhD_short.movVideo documentary – short version (10 minutes)688.65 MBVideo Quicktime
Li_Zihao_201006_PhD_full.movVideo documentary – full version (60 minutes)4.75 GBVideo Quicktime
Li_Zihao_201006_PhD_jim2.m4vJim’s rapping performance: Heart and Soul14.07 MBVideo Quicktime
Li_Zihao_201006_PhD_george.m4vGeorge’s visual component: Versatility4.89 MBVideo Quicktime
Li_Zihao_201006_PhD_jim1.mp3Jim’s comments on smell in dance studio466.17 kBWAV
Li_Zihao_201006_PhD_image1.jpg6.19 MBJPEGThumbnail
Li_Zihao_201006_PhD_thesis.pdfDissertation9.25 MBAdobe PDF

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