Ballroom to Boardroom: Interpersonal Communication and Interactive Performance Dimensions of Social Learning Environments

By Tamara Gillis and David Donovan.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

An application of pedagogy, this project uses a popular culture theme of learning to ballroom dance to illustrate the dynamics of interpersonal communication and interactive performance in a learning environment.

Keywords: Interactive Performance, Interactive Theatre, Interpersonal Communication, Social Learning, Ballroom Dance

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.657MB).

Dr. Tamara Gillis

Tamara Gillis, Ed.D., ABC* is associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Communications at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. Her research interests include change management, civic involvement, organizational design, and the impact of new media. She also serves as a communications consultant with Cooper Wright LLC. In her career, she has led communication programs for higher education institutions, associations, and a health care corporation. She has served as faculty in Swaziland, Namibia, and the Semester at Sea program. The IABC Research Foundation honored her with the 2004 Foundation Lifetime Friend Award. In 2001-02 she chaired the IABC Research Foundation. The author of numerous articles and book chapters, she is co-author of a text on community media in Africa and editor of the forthcoming "IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication" published by Jossey-Bass Publishers.

David Donovan

Mr. David Donovan, lecturer of communications, teaches courses in speech communications, public presentation, and media and culture. Currently he is working on his doctorate and research on the interpersonal dynamics utilized in the performance of interactive theatre. He is a trained judge for theatre presentations with the American College Theatre Festival. He is a popular performer in interactive theatre in Pennsylvania.

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