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“An Anthropologist Looks at Ballet as a Form of Ethnic Dance” Joann Kealiinohomoku

Prepared by:

Dr. Kay Picart


Thesis Statement

  • By ethnic dance, anthropologists mean to convey the idea that all forms of dance reflect the cultural traditions within which they developed. Dancers and dance scholars . . . use this term & the related terms ethnologic, primitive & folkdance, differently . . . in a way which reveals their limited knowledge of non-Western dance forms. (533)


Aims

  • To discuss how an anthropologist might examine ballet and dance.

  • To uncover hidden value judgments concerning culture embedded in descriptions of dance.


Worshippers-Celestial Church of Christ; Gbongan, Nigeria, 1991


Review Question

  • What evidence does the author use to show that current Western commentaries on “primitive dance” are ethnocentric and erroneous?


The Sioux “Ghost Dance”


Discussion Questions:

  • Do you agree with the author that dance criticism/popular culture still enshrines ballet as the highest form of dance?

  • Do you agree that Western dance criticism still remains paternal & ethnocentric?


Review Questions:

  • How does the author define “dance”?

  • Why is such a definition important to her aims?


Review Question:

  • What are the distinctive features of this definition?


Discussion Questions:

  • Do you agree that the author has successfully set up a “cross cultural” definition that differentiates dance from sports or ritual?

  • Why or why not?


Martin: dance as a universal urge but without a universal form

Sorell: differences due to “race,” “racial memory,” innate memory,” “blood”

Review Question:

How does the author respond to both these critics’ positions?

Remarks on Other Theorists


Discussion Question:

  • Is ballet

    a genuinely

    universal

    dance form?


Discussion Question:

  • What do the aesthetics of ballet reveal about preconceptions concerning beauty in both sexes?


Review Question:

  • What flora

    and fauna

    are privileged

    by ballet?


Discussion Questions:

  • What are the main points of the article?

  • Do you see any weaknesses in the argument?


Concluding Question

  • What would you say to someone who might accuse the author of being simply “politically correct” and nothing more?


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