Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education

Case Studies on Humanizing Dance Pedagogy


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About the Book

The first of its kind, this volume presents research-based fictionalized case studies from experts in the field of dance education, examining theory and practice developed from real-world scenarios that call for ethical decision-making. Dilemmas faced by dance educators in the studio, on stage, in recreation centers and correctional facilities, and on social media are explored, accompanied by activities for humanizing dance pedagogy.
These challenges converge from educational policies and mandates developed over the past two decades, including teacher-proof “scripted” curriculum, high-stakes testing, standardization, and methods-centered teacher preparation; difficulties are often perpetuated by those who want to make change happen but do not know how.

About the Author(s)

Doug Risner is professor of dance and distinguished faculty fellow at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Karen Schupp is associate professor of dance and associate director of dance in the Herberger Institute School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Doug Risner and Karen Schupp
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 351
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6717-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3738-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction: Doug Risner and Karen Schupp 1

Section One: Early Childhood and Elementary Dance Education

Section Editors: Theresa Purcell Cone and Susan W. Stinson

Section Introduction—Susan W. Stinson and Theresa Purcell Cone 10

Culture and Conflict: Planning a Dance Partnership—Marissa Beth Nesbit 16

Activity: What Parents Can Teach Us About Students—Karen Schupp and Doug Risner 26

The Ethics of Discussing Religious Beliefs in a Primary Dance Classroom—Becky Dyer and Susan W. Stinson 28

Activity: The Global Village—Doug Risner 37

Challenges and Solutions to Including Students with Disabilities—Theresa Purcell Cone, Doug Risner and Karen Schupp 40

Activity: What Body Dances?—Karen Schupp and Doug Risner 49

She Wants to Dance with the Boys—Monica J. Cameron Frichtel 51

Activity: Dancing Your Gender—Doug Risner and Karen Schupp 59

Values Inventory: Installment I—Doug Risner 62

Section Two: Middle School and High School Dance Education

Section Editor: Pam Musil

Section Introduction—Pam Musil 64

Dance in the Crossfire—Marissa Beth Nesbit with Adeena Lago 71

Activity: Changing Grades—Doug Risner 80

Dancing in Bars—Pam Musil 82

Activity: Uncovering Hidden Messages—Karen Schupp and Doug Risner 91

Waltzing with the Enemy—Kori Wakamatsu 93

Activity: Bystander Intervention: When It Is Your Business—Karen Schupp 101

Negotiating Challenges with Social Media: #overexposed—Kori Wakamatsu 103

Activity: Screens Out!—Doug Risner 112

American Ethnocentrism—Pam Musil 115

Activity: Whose America? Our America, of Course!—Karen Schupp and Doug Risner 125

The Imperfect Advocate: Supporting Transgender Students in the Dance Class—Marissa Beth Nesbit 127

Activity: Speaking Transgender—Karen Schupp 136

Values Inventory: Installment II—Doug Risner 138

Section Three: Dance Teacher Preparation and Postsecondary Dance Education

Section Editor: Elizabeth McPherson

Section Introduction—Elizabeth McPherson with Donna A. Dragon; Doug Risner and Karen Schupp 140

The Cultural Assumptions We Carry—Stephanie Milling 151

Activity: My Education Map—Doug Risner 160

Why Grade Inflation and Teacher Dispositions Don’t Mix—Elizabeth McPherson, Doug Risner and Karen Schupp 163

Activity: Honest Gestures—Karen Schupp 173

Confronting Urban Phobias—Elizabeth McPherson with Kathleen Isaac 176

Activity: ­Anti-Racism Boxes—Doug Risner 185

Whistleblowing Adolescent Sexual Abuse—Barbara Bashaw and Marissa Beth Nesbit 188

Activity: Doing the Right Thing or Doing Things Right?—Karen Schupp 197

Where to Draw the Line—Karen Schupp and Robin Prichard 199

Activity: Motivating Growth—Karen Schupp 208

When Department Policy Limits Teaching—Tanya Berg and Doug Risner 211

Activity: Make the Case—Doug Risner 220

Teaching Contact Improvisation: Touching and Being Touched—Tanya Berg and Doug Risner 223

Activity: Touchy Subjects—Doug Risner 233

Values Inventory: Installment III—Doug Risner 235

Section Four: Community Dance

Section Editors: Sherrie Barr and Miriam Giguere

Section Introduction—Sherrie Barr and Miriam Giguere 238

Whose Class Is It Anyway?—Sherrie Barr and Miriam Giguere with Mary Fitzgerald 245

Activity: Social Immersion Project—Doug Risner 254

Dancing Within Prison Walls—Sherrie Barr, Miriam Giguere and Susan Bendix 256

Activity: Critical Field Observations—Doug Risner 265

Intergenerational Moves—Sherrie Barr and Miriam Giguere with Susan Bendix 267

Activity: What Should Dance Education Look Like?—Doug Risner 276

Why Do I Have to Perform?—Miriam Giguere and Sherrie Barr 278

Activity: Performing Your Values—Karen Schupp and Doug Risner 286

Teaching Artist Advocates: The Difference We Can Make—Doug Risner and Karen Schupp 288

Activity: Heterosexual Questionnaire—Doug Risner 297

Values Inventory: Installment IV—Doug Risner 300

Appendix I: Teachers’ Guide 303

Appendix II: Field Observation Notes Template 305

Works Cited 311

About the Contributors 327

Index 331

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Original and groundbreaking…. This is a pivotal text to propel dance education beyond the status quo tenants of ‘best practices.’…This text may well be the driver moving personal, value-based pedagogies beyond methods-based instruction. An exciting read and an honest journey in meaningful decision making.”—Susan Kirchner, Towson University