In the eyes of society the dance community seems like a good place to be accepted since there are so many different types of people in the community. Gender can be expressed in so many ways such as male or female, but it can also be expressed as a way for someone to express themselves not necessarily by their actual sex but in a way that makes them comfortable. Gender can be constructed through expressions and acceptance. If a person in the dance community is expressing themselves opposite of their sex and they have accepted it and so has other people in the dance community; then the community is constructed in a way to where everyone is accepted no matter what.
When it comes to the term representation there are a plethora of different definitions that can be used. Representation in this case means the description or portrayal of someone in a particular way or as being of a certain nature. Gender is represented in any way that a human being could possibly classify themselves, it may not necessarily be male or female but it could be the opposite of their actual gender or a mixture of both, it just depends. Gender in the dance community in my eyes should be a general understanding. What I mean by a general understanding is- a good place to be yourself and not worry about what others may think or how they might feel. At the end of the day when it comes to a dance community whether it is abled or disabled it should not matter how someone expresses themselves because they should be accepted into that community no matter what. Acceptance plays a huge role in a community because that is the only way to keep everything moving smoothly; there are going to be some rough patches that comes with the territory but it should not stop a strong bond between the dancers. Now the disabled community on the other hand would more of a place of acceptance than the abled body dancers. The reason I say this is because in an abled body dance community everyone is different and some may be on different dance levels but no matter who is who and what level they are on,there will always be competition rather than understandings.
The critical issues mentioned in “Why Race Class and Gender Still Matter” are how inequalities are going to be spoken about in the book “Race Class and Gender” and about how race, class, and gender still effect society today. Another critical topic in this chapter is Hurricane Katrina and how that brought the poverty level and status of minorities in the country to light. Lastly, this chapter ...
Even though the overall goal would be to make it to the top the underlying issue will always be “he/she is better at it than I am, let me try to upstage them in the next recital or practice.” A community may be a place to come together but it is also and will always be a place where drama and competition stirs, except in the disabled dance community. In the disabled dance community there is more of a bond and acceptance. The reason I say this is because everyone is working on themselves as well as helping others around them. Disabled dancers understand each other’s struggle even though they may all have different disabilities. I am not saying that their community is perfect because no one is perfect, but all I am simply saying is that there may be a time when someone’s set of skills are stronger than someone else’s now they can either learn from each other or be jealous of one another. Instead of being jealous I think that they would build, grow, and learn from one another. Disabled dancers know how it feels to struggle so they know how to relate to one another. Now when it comes to abled body dancers and disabled dancers working together I could see how they could conflict because their sense of dancing style and techniques are different but they eventually tune that out and learn how to work together; and when they do work together their performance is powerful.
Every person is different rather they are abled body or disabled dancers, when it comes down to it there passion is the dance, and that is the passion for dance, to dance. It always amazes me when a person can take their disability and turn it into a positive thing especially when they include dance, then it becomes a natural talent. Not many people try to use their disability as a talent and not many people can take two people from two different communities and make them dance together in a beautiful way. I applaud those abled body dancers who dance with disabled dancers; as long as they are treated as equals and are not sympathized then it’s a great working relationship. Dance and Gender can go hand and hand; it is like they have a positive relationship. As long as there is dance then it does not matter what gender is participating.
Hollie Hutchinson April 16, 2005 Dance 140 Stephanie ThibeaultThe many signs of Dance 'To learn the language of dance, one must perform.' That quote is taken from C. Nicholas Johnson, director of dance. In the following paper, I will review the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theater performance that took place April 8-9 at 7: 30. I will be reviewing Friday nights performance. As C. Nicholas Johnson ...
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