No Dancer Left Behind: Interrogating Perception, Role, and Responsibility in Creating a Dance World

By Candice Salyers.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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Drawing inspiration from the controversial U.S. legislative policy No Child Left Behind, this article seeks to raise questions about how we may perceive ourselves as dancers, especially within systems of hierarchical thinking, how such perceptions impact what we believe is possible in and through dance, and how we have responsibility for shaping a “dance world.” By examining ways in which a survival of the fittest mentality may lock us into patterns of separation, hierarchical structures, and resistance in both perception and action, our pedagogical practices offer the potential to not only make dancers aware of these systems existing in the field, but also empower dancers to change such dynamics in the larger world.

Keywords: Dance World, Choreographer, Performer, Teacher and Student, Pedagogical Practice, No Child Left Behind

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.73-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 194.883KB).

Candice Salyers

Choreographer, Performer, Ph.D. Candidate, Texas Woman’s University, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

Candice Salyers is a choreographer and performer who creates intimate interactions with audiences, landscapes, and architectural spaces. As a dancer, she has enjoyed performing with a variety of choreographers, including Li Chiao-Ping and Victoria Marks. Her solo performance work has been shown in the U.S., the U.K. and Estonia, and has been supported recently by Vermont Performance Lab, Bates Dance Festival, Wesleyan Center for the Arts, and New England Foundation for the Arts. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate exploring intersections of dance performance and environmental philosophy, and is also pursuing a Masters of Divinity. Her recent publications include contributions to Tanz, Bewegung, und Spiritualität, and the Journal of Environmental Philosophy.