UNIT ONE: Why Do We Dance?
Assignment #4 – Men in Dance – Due Monday
Objective: To learn
about the experience of men in Western concert dance through reading an article
written by a male dance professional. To
consider the difficulties and benefits of being a male in concert dance and to
examine these in light of prevalent gender roles in our society today.To
articulate these ideas in written form.
READ textbook Chapter 5: “When Boys Dance”
by Doug Risner
WRITE A SHORT ESSAY
(200 words or more)
responding to the following questions regarding the article. For full credit,
make specific references to your readings, rather than expressing onlyyour
–According to the article, what are the challenges for men
-According to the
article, what kind of special treatment do men in dance often receive?
comment that “men are at the center of a marginalized field”.
-Risner discusses the
often-heard assertion that “dance is as hard as sports” and the effort to make
concert dance more athletic to attract male participants. What are the pros and
cons of this approach? Do you think this is
a good approach?
-Are certain dance
styles more acceptable for men to perform than others? Explain.
(Be sure to credit
the text for any direct quote. (Use standard MLA or APA writing style.)
Objective: To view
professional male dancers performing two different styles of dance. To discover
one’s own preferences and biases regarding men in dance, while considering the
context of our society’s
definitions of masculinity. To articulate these discoveries in written form.
WATCH the following two
YouTube videos of men performing professional concert dance:
Rudolf Nureyev in
Black Grace Dance
WRITE A SHORT ESSAY
(200 words or more): Compare and contrast the two dance styles.
Describe the movement with clarity and specificity to support your argument.
Consider the predominant perceptions of masculinity in our contemporary
society. In what ways do either or both of these dance styles display these
aspects of masculinity? In what ways do they conflict with the prevailing ideas