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Issue: May/June 2011
Movement as a Metaphor: How Persistence, the Tao, and the Wisdom of the Ostrich Helped Build School Dance Programs
Abstract: Those who advocate for dance in education inevitably face many roadblocks, including ignorance of how dance can contribute to education, implementation of standardized performance assessments, lack of funding, entrenched issues of politics and power, and fear and discomfort about the body. It is dance teachers' responsibility to enlighten, educate, and inform in order to transform those roadblocks into speed bumps. This article describes how one dance educator's passion and determination helped her to overcome obstacles and introduce dance education in the schools and community.
Article category: NDA Scholar/Artist Lecture