The Dancer as Reflective Practitioner

Jones, Evan L. & Ryan, Mary E. (2015) The Dancer as Reflective Practitioner. In Ryan, Mary Elizabeth (Ed.) Teaching Reflective Learning in Higher Education: A Systematic Approach Using Pedagogic Patterns. Springer International Publishing, Berlin, Germany, pp. 51-64.

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The inextricably intimate relationships connecting the dancer, the dance and the self indicate that the practice of dance is inherently a reflective practice of feedback looping. Professional dancers are aware of this in continuing self-critical analyses and reflections for self-improvement, striving for the ever-elusive perfection in performance. The reflective nature of learning dance is, however, less apparent to the student of dance due to the traditional master/apprentice approach to dance training. By making explicit the essentially reflective sequence of processes through which the self becomes the dancer of the dance, the locus of control is shifted towards the dance student, thereby increasing the sense of autonomy and intrinsic motivation for exploration, discovery and improvement of her or his own practice. This study documents the implementation of the 4Rs approach to reflective practice in a university dance training context. Data include reflective observations of dance lessons, and teacher and student reflections on the reflective approach taken in these lessons. Insider and outsider perspectives from students, the dance teacher and external researchers are taken to provide a nuanced understanding of the value of corporeal, visual and verbal reflection in dance for improved performance.

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ID Code: 76361
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Dance, Reflective Practice, Reflective Learning in Higher Education, Action Research, Embodied Awareness, HERN
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-09271-3_4
ISBN: 9783319092713
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
Deposited On: 25 Sep 2014 22:02
Last Modified: 15 May 2016 15:39

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