Dance, class and the body: a Bourdieusian examination of training trajectories into ballet and contemporary dance

Tsitsou, L. (2014) Dance, class and the body: a Bourdieusian examination of training trajectories into ballet and contemporary dance. Scottish Journal of Performance, 1(2), pp. 63-89. (doi:10.14439/sjop.2014.0102.05)

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Abstract

This article is a result of a small-scale interview-based study that explored the social conditions of ballet and contemporary dance production in the city of Glasgow. This study draws on interviews given by twelve professional dancers and choreographers, both freelancers and company based, who for the purposes of this research offered to share their experiences of studying and making dance. More specifically, this article aspires to map the social conditions of possibility of dancing and making dance, drawing on the class condition and career trajectories of those individuals who became dancers. With the aid of Bourdieu’s (1984; 1990; 1993a) concepts of ‘capitals’ (economic, social, cultural and physical), ‘habitus’ and ‘trajectories’, this piece of work will discuss how class conditions give or limit access to vocational training as a career pathway to dance. It is argued that, although the social origin of this sample presents relative variety, dance is an activity that demands different types of support, which are eventually more accessible to those social groups with more assets.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tsitsou, Dr Lito
Authors: Tsitsou, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Scottish Journal of Performance
Publisher:The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
ISSN:2054-1953
ISSN (Online):2054-1961
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Author
First Published:First published in Scottish Journal of Performance 1(2):63-89
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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