When a boy's gotta dance: New masculinities, old pleasures

Gard, Michael (2008) When a boy's gotta dance: New masculinities, old pleasures. Sport, Education and Society, 13 2: 181-193. doi:10.1080/13573320801957087

Author Gard, Michael
Title When a boy's gotta dance: New masculinities, old pleasures
Journal name Sport, Education and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-3322
Publication date 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13573320801957087
Open Access Status
Volume 13
Issue 2
Start page 181
End page 193
Total pages 13
Place of publication Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Why would boys want to dance? Why would anyone want to dance? The argument prosecuted in this paper is that dance educators have tended to see dance as a self-evidently good thing with self-evident benefits for children who learn to dance. In other words, dance educators tend to concern themselves with why students should dance rather than why students want to dance or not dance. Instead, I propose that educators need also to think about how students, but particularly boys, experience, think and feel about dance here and now. But rather than offering an over-arching philosophy, I then discuss some practices from my own teaching research and practice which attempt to engage with young people's experiences of dance. In short, my argument is that the content of dance education might just as profitably be concerned with the immediacy of pleasure and displeasure rather than dry, hopeful and formal educational objectives.
Keyword Dance
Physical education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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