A Dance Teacher’s Dialogue on Working within Disabled/Non-Disabled Engagement in Dance

By Sue Cheesman.

Published by The Arts Collection

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In teaching and facilitating dance in community and educational contexts, in what way does being “able bodied” while working with disabled/non-disabled participants/students require sensitivity and negotiation? What status issues arise in such a pedagogical context? This presentation seeks to identify and unpack some of the negotiations, issues and challenges this problematic engenders from a dance teacher’s ‘self-narrative’ point of view. To have a meaningful and respectful dialogue while marking multiple privileges challenges one’s own practice and it can be argued that much is gained from this.

Keywords: Teaching, Dance, Community, Education, Disabled/Non-Disabled, Social Justice, Pedagogy

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.321-330. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.188MB).

Sue Cheesman

Senior Lecturer in Dance Education, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Sue Cheesman is a teacher, choreographer, and researcher who currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Dance Education within the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. She has an eclectic background in dance with an emphasis on contemporary and has worked in the field of integrated dance for many years particularly in relation to the work of Touch Compass Dance Company. She is passionate about dance.


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