Seeing futures in ballet: the storylines of four student ballet dancers

Loch, Sarah (2013) Seeing futures in ballet: the storylines of four student ballet dancers. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36 1: 53-68. doi:10.1080/01596306.2013.829658

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Author Loch, Sarah
Title Seeing futures in ballet: the storylines of four student ballet dancers
Journal name Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0159-6306
Publication date 2013-08-27
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2013.829658
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 53
End page 68
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper explores the storylines of four student ballet dancers who attend a specialist performing arts secondary school and who, in differing ways, envisage futures which ‘look straight at ballet’. When decisions about schooling intermingle with long-held imaginings of futures in ballet, thought is provoked about ways the young adolescents embody and express notions of becoming. A Deleuzian lens is employed to explore assemblages of the self through the deterritorialisation that is provoked when unforeseen images emerge and imaginings are challenged. The data discussed in this paper include interview transcripts and pictures participants have drawn of themselves. The analysis uses notions of rhizomatic becoming and positions students' decision-making in oscillation between deterritorialisation and reterritorialisation as new languages make sense of how a future in ballet is configured from different perspectives. Themes of being in love with ballet and identities of dancers/non-dancers are negotiated through the data. As talented ballet students are compelled to move away from schooling in order to move closer to their future, concepts of schooling are problematised. Understandings of rhizomatic structures offer insight into the working out of desires, particularly in the context of a specialist performing arts school.
Keyword Becoming
Ballet students
Middle years of schooling
Young adolescents
Gilles Deleuze
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 27 Aug 2013.

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