University dance students in Taiwan step out of their "bubble" of elite dance training
This study examined how a group of professionally-trained college dance students experienced a challenging process when they stepped out of their "bubble" of elite dance education to learn how to teach creative dance for children. Forty-one students took part in a 1-year Dance Teaching Practicum through a university in northern Taiwan, during which they brought quality learning experiences to children who normally lack access to creative dance in school. Qualitative data sources included students' written assignments and self-documented teaching films, as well as post-course reflections of the teacher-researcher. Applying a grounded theory approach to data analysis, along with critical hermeneutic reflection, this case study suggests that teaching creative dance for children can support college dance majors to reconsider the meaning of dance as a holistic modality and to reflect on teaching as a transformative experience that might enhance the quality of their own dancing lives.
Wu, Y. (2019)., University dance students in Taiwan step out of their "bubble" of elite dance training, in K. Bond (ed.), Dance and the quality of life, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 365-382.
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