“Who’s Leading Now? The Partnering of Dance Studies and Feminist Theories”

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Zdrojewski, Julia
During the last decade of the twentieth century, there was a rush of ideologies and theories, discussed and applied to dance, shifting traditional dance history into dance studies. Of particular interest in this paper, is the strong relationship with dance and feminist theories. The historical and social context of feminism and dance scholarship became and still is a topic of politics, representation and meaning. Female bodies playing a key role in dance evokes questions of how feminist theories help performers and non-performers alike better understand gender and gender roles in performances. Within the topic of dance scholarship, this paper will address where and how feminist theories and the study of dance first met, as well as reference specific works that showcase the connection between the two. In addition, it will question whether there has been a shift in feminist theories as they relate to dance and the power of the relationship today.
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