It has really amazed me what my body can now do’: boundary work and the construction of a body-positive dance community

Hill, Joanne, Sandford, Rachel and Enright, Eimear (2015) It has really amazed me what my body can now do’: boundary work and the construction of a body-positive dance community. Sport in Society, 19 5: 667-679. doi:10.1080/17430437.2015.1073946


Author Hill, Joanne
Sandford, Rachel
Enright, Eimear
Title It has really amazed me what my body can now do’: boundary work and the construction of a body-positive dance community
Journal name Sport in Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1743-0437
1743-0445
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17430437.2015.1073946
Volume 19
Issue 5
Start page 667
End page 679
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Boundaries around normative embodiments in physical cultures can be exclusionary if one’s embodied identity does not ‘fit’. Normative boundaries are particularly marked in codified forms of dance such as ballet. Moves towards body positivity aim to challenge these normative boundaries by redefining what dancers’ bodies can look like and how they should move. This paper stems from an appreciative inquiry undertaken with one such project, a gender-neutral, LGBTQ-friendly adult ballet school in the UK; a subcultural context that marks itself as distinct from broader cultures of dance. Interviews with learners are analysed through a Bourdieuian lens to explore the construction and maintenance of a body-positive subculture. Findings suggest that boundaries of ability were crossed, with celebration of all bodies’ capabilities, and boundaries of normative gender expression were transformed through a commitment to gender-neutrality and LGBTQ-friendly behaviours. However, boundaries around technical and aesthetic norms, while shifted or challenged, ultimately remained in place.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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