Body stories

Huddy, Avril (2013) Body stories. [Live Performance (Dance)]

[img] Body Stories: the documentary (Video: QuickTime 852MB)
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This research is in the field of arts education.

Eisner claims that ‘teachers rarely view themselves as artists’ (Taylor, 1993:21). Situating professional dance artists and teacher-artists (Mc Lean, 2009) in close proximity to classroom dance teachers, spatially, through a shared rehearsal studio and creatively, by engaging them in a co-artistry approach, allows participants to map unique and new creative processes, kinaesthetically and experientially. This pratice encourages teachers to attune and align themselves with artists’ states of mind and enables them to nurture both their teacher-self and their artist-self (Lichtenstein 2009).

The research question was: can interactions between professional dance artists, teacher-artists (Mc Lean, 2009) and classroom dance teachers change classroom dance teachers’ self-perceptions?

The research found that Artists in Residence projects provide up-skilling in situ for classroom dance teachers, and give credence to the act of art making for classroom dance teachers within their peer context, positively enhancing their self-image and promoting self-identification as ‘teacher-artists’ (Mc Lean, 2009).

This project received an Artist in Residence Grant (an Australia Council for the Arts, Education Queensland and Queensland Arts Council partnership).

The research findings were chosen for inclusion in the Queensland Performing Arts Complex program, Feet First: an invitation to dance, 2013 and selected for inclusion on the Creative Campus website,

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ID Code: 66734
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Dance))
Refereed: No
Additional Information:

The findings were presented at two conferences:

• Articulate: Queensland Regional Arts and Culture Conference 2013
Presentation title - Body Stories: building strong vibrant communities by embedding arts practice in daily life

• Higher Education, Creative Engagement and the Creative Economy: the Australia experience (2013)
Presentation title - The University as community cultural broker: building strong vibrant communities by embedding arts practice into daily life

Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Samantha Williams
  • teaching dance artist
Gail Hewton
  • teaching dance artist
Grant McLay
  • teaching dance artist
Vanessa Mafe
  • teaching dance artist
Funders: Artist in Residence Grant: Australia Council for the Arts, Education Queensland and Queensland Arts Council partnership, Queensland University of Technology
Number of Pieces: 1
Location: From date: To date:
Queensland Performing Arts Complex: Feet First: an invitation to dance 2013-06-03 2013-06-07
Queensland University of Technology: Woodward Theatre, Kelvin Grove 2013-03-25 2013-03-29
Tullawong State High School, Caboolture 2013-03-18 2013-03-22
Keywords: Teaching-artists, artists in residence, curriculum, arts practice, artist-teachers
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2014 23:28
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2014 23:32

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