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June 2019

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Dance Education and Responsible Citizenship

Promoting Civic Engagement through Effective Dance Pedagogies
Edited by: 
Karen Schupp

Originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Dance Education, this collection brings together a number of insightful chapters which explore themes relating to responsible citizenship within dance education.

Presenting research, scholarship, experiences and pedagogical approaches from national and international contexts, and diverse educational settings, the chapters included in this book demonstrate how the study of dance requires students to develop a clear sense of self- and group-responsibility. Including high-level contributions from a range of researchers, educators and dance instructors, the volume investigates how research and instruction can contribute to building communities; and ensure that dance education reacts to shifting social, political and cultural norms. Responsible citizenship and civic engagement are examined in relation to course content, pedagogical approaches, systemic practices and cultural assumptions.

This valuable collection of diverse and insightful chapters will be of great interest to researchers, post-graduate academics, teachers and instructors in the fields of dance and teacher education.


Karen Schupp is the associate drector of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University and the associate editor of the Journal of Dance Education. Her research addresses innovative pedagogical practices and curricula in postsecondary dance education, dance competition culture and social justice within dance education.