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An anthropologist looks at ballet as a form of ethnic dance joann kealiinohomoku

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

Prepared by:

Dr. Kay Picart


Thesis statement

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)


An anthropologist looks at ballet as a form of ethnic dance joann kealiinohomoku

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

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


Review question

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

The Sioux “Ghost Dance”


Discussion questions

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

Review Questions:

  • How does the author define “dance”?

  • Why is such a definition important to her aims?


Review question1

Review Question:

  • What are the distinctive features of this definition?


Discussion questions1

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?


Remarks on other theorists

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

Discussion Question:

  • Is ballet

    a genuinely

    universal

    dance form?


Discussion question1

Discussion Question:

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


Review question2

Review Question:

  • What flora

    and fauna

    are privileged

    by ballet?


Discussion questions2

Discussion Questions:

  • What are the main points of the article?

  • Do you see any weaknesses in the argument?


Concluding question

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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