Interesting piece from the UK where there is a hot debate about the value of high school courses in dance in the evaluation of readiness for University. You’ll recall Sir Ken Robinson expressing his frustration that of all activities that occur in the context of childhood/adolescence and schooling. . . dance is valued the least.
Why do you think that is? Are we afraid of bodies in movement? Do you think we as a culture respect the work we saw on stage today? Is it hard to think of the folks on stage today as students? I was struck by how familiar the coaching experience in dance is to that of many team sports — timing, spacing, lines, footwork. Looked like the work associated with football plays in particular. (And I’m always struck by the fact that its the only major where you’re in real trouble if you blow your knee out.)
I hope the Dance Faculty’s comments today were good introduction to this large area of the arts. . . Glad you got to see so many styles. Please take advantage of the ARDT concert next week.