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Title: Community-based creative dance for children in Edinburgh and East Lothian
Author: Oliver, S. M.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2004
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This thesis has its origins in my own experience of teaching creative dance to children in two neighbouring districts in south-east Scotland. It addresses three questions, which, stated briefly, are: 1. What do dance participants perceive creative dance to be? 2. How is it provided in the area solved? 3. What benefits are to be gained from creative dance, in participants’ opinion? A study of this sort, which spans the disciplines of education, sociology and aesthetics, defies rigid categorisation. I found it more helpful, therefore, to view it as a composite model that demanded a flexible approach to methodology. Data collection included semi-structured interviews (n=31), one structured interview, questionnaires (n=82), and observations (n=6), three of which were recorded on video tape. Issues concerning the understanding of the concepts ‘dance’, ‘art’, ‘creativity’ and ‘community’ are discussed, and the provision of dance in communities. Analysis and interpretation of the data reveal that respondents held largely positive regard for creative dance. It was thought to be a beneficial experience, physically, emotionally and cognitively, which offered an alternative way of communicating to others. Community decision-makers deemed it worthy of inclusion in Arts and Education policies, though there was little evidence of it happening at the time. In conclusion I have commented on respondents’ views of the main concepts and have referred to recent events which either have had, or are likely to have, some impact on the professional delivery of dance of every genre, in the future.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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