Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World

Culturally Relevant Teaching in Theory, Research and Practice


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About the Book

Issues of race, class, gender and religion permeate the study of contemporary dance, resulting in cultural clashes in classrooms and studios. The first of its kind, this book provides dance educators with tools to refocus teaching methods to celebrate the pluralism of the United States. The contributors discuss how to diversify ballet technique classes and dance history courses in higher education, choreographing dance about socially charged contemporary issues, and incorporating Native American dances into the curriculum, among other topics. The application of relevant pedagogy in the dance classroom enables instructors to teach methods that reflect students’ culture and affirm their experiences.

About the Author(s)

Nyama McCarthy-Brown is an educator, scholar, and artist committed to widening spaces for people of color in dance. An assistant professor of contemporary dance at Indiana University, she has been writing and developing teaching strategies in dance education for a decade. Her research is focused on dance as a vehicle for social justice. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Nyama McCarthy-Brown

Foreword by Takiyah Nur Amin

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 244
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9702-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2607-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword by Takiyah Nur Amin 1
Preface 6

Part I: How to Create a Culturally Relevant Classroom
One—What Is Culturally Relevant Teaching? 13
Two—Toolkit for Teaching Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 35
Three—Nuts and Bolts: How to Develop a Culturally Relevant Class Culture 51

Part II: Culturally Relevant Teaching and Critical Dance Pedagogy for Classes Pertaining to the Dancing Body
Four—Culturally Relevant Ballet 65
Five—Culture, Music and Composition Class 85
Six—Critical Dance Pedagogy for Repertory: Two Case Studies by Selene Carter and Nyama ­McCarthy-Brown 103

Part III: Critical Dance Pedagogy and Diversifying Content and Approaches to Dance Education
Seven—Reshaping Dance History by Deconstructing Whiteness by Julie ­Kerr-Berry 127
Eight—Native American Dance History and Powwow Styles by Kelly Fayard 154
Nine–World Dance: Retire the Term 169
Ten—From Conservatory Training to Teaching Dance in Public Schools: A Cultural Shift by Corrine Nagata 190

Epilogue 204
Chapter Notes 209
Bibliography 219
About the Contributors 227
Index 229