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Playing with Pedagogy: Teaching Dance and Embracing Play as a Pedagogical Tool

  • Deanna PaolantonioEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the development and testing of a new approach to teaching dance to girls who are on the cusp of becoming teenagers through a specially designed program called Work It Out. Pedagogically Work It Out accounts for the performative nature of gender (Butler, 1990), and the prevalence of ‘beauty sickness’ among adolescent girls addresses these issues through embodied play. In this program, dance is designed to guide girls through a self-reflexive practice where their ideas about body image are expressed. This teaching strategy applies the inherently expressive nature of creative dance and choreography to assist girls in conveying their experience of girlhood and how it is affected or related to their bodies and body image. The contributions of this program to education are discussed in relation to the dance curriculum in Ontario, Canada, and current offerings for body image programming in schools.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada

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