Dance, young people and change: Proceedings of the daCi and WDA Global Dance Summit

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The 2012 Global Dance Summit: Dance, Young People and Change, held at Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) in Taiwan 14 – 20 July 2012, was organized collaboratively between Dance and the Child International (daCi) and World Dance Alliance (WDA) and hosted by TNUA. The summit attracted more than 1500 delegates of all ages, from over thirty countries. The program included performances and workshops for and by young people and adults, as well as presentations of research papers and panels and professional projects.

This event was groundbreaking in several ways. It is the first time that the two international organizations, daCi and WDA, have joined forces to organize a conference. It is also the first time in the history of daCi, and the third time in the history of WDA, that conference proceedings have been published online, thanks to the Australian Dance Council – Ausdance.

There were further innovations in the conference program, some of which are visible in the Proceedings. In response to the large number of abstracts submitted for the conference, the organizers developed a new category designated as 'Project Dialogues,' adding to the menu of more traditional research papers and panels. These dialogues allowed dance educators and artists to share professional projects focusing on young people. Project presenters were paired and urged to communicate with each other prior to the conference in order to plan discussions linking the projects.

In addition, the conference was the first time in these organizations’ history that a couple of presenters were given the opportunity to present by Skype. This was part of an attempt to be inclusive of participants from diverse parts of the world.

Following the event, authors of both research papers and project dialogues were invited to submit their contributions for the proceedings. All those submitted are published here, organized by the themes under which they were identified in the conference program; each appears in the language (English and/or Chinese) chosen by the author(s).

The conference organizers wish to thank everyone who contributed to the conference and to this publication. Enjoy reading!

Susan W. Stinson, Editor-in-chief
Shu-Ying Liu, Co-editor
Charlotte Svendler Nielsen, Co-editor and chair of the conference committee for papers, panels, projects and proceedings


What are the latest developments in curriculum around the world that are shaping the meaning of dance in education?

Research papers and panels

  1. Body, language, curriculum: An investigation of meaning-making in dance education (220KB PDF) by Marissa Nesbit
  2. Dance education in Ontario (Canada) schools: An opportunity for multi-level dialogue (390KB PDF) by Marc Richard,  Zihao Li, Emily Caruso-Parnell, & Richelle Hirlehey
  3. Swimming upstream: building dance programs in secondary schools by Zihao Li
    李自豪: 逆流而上 創建於發展高中舞蹈課程 (440KB PDF)
  4. Unsettling dance and “disadvantage” in the curriculum (180KB PDF) by Jeff Meiners & Robyne Garrett

Project dialogues and panels

  1. Contributing to a somatic dance-technology curriculum: A collaboration (180KB PDF) by Isabel Valverde & Yukihiko Yoshida

Curriculum in motion—special event

  1. Susan R. Koff, Charlotte Svendler Nielsen, Cornelia Baumgart  & Ivančica Janković (240KB PDF)

Dance learning

What are the emerging issues and practices shaping dance learning? What spaces are children and young people using for dance? How does the context shape the dance, the dancer, the teacher, the audience? How is access to dance created and denied by the learning context?

Research papers and panels

  1. Stepping into new places: Migration of traditional Ghanaian dance forms from rural spaces to urban pedagogical stages (200KB PDF) by Beatrice Tawiah Ayi
  2. Engaging with touch: Transformative learning in dance (175KB PDF) by Fiona Bannon & Duncan Holt
  3. Dances of innocence and experience: Consumerism, the middle class, and impositions upon the body of the child performer (265KB PDF) by Priyanka Basu
  4. Student performance in a dance-based humanities course at “Diversity U” (145KB PDF) by Karen E. Bond & Ellen Gerdes
  5. Adopting holistic teaching strategies in examination-oriented ballet classes (270KB PDF) by Tsing Yi Chan
  6. Not only Lolita: The educational potential of belly dance for children by Fan-Ting Cheng 
    (550KB PDF)
  7. Producing a cross-cultural dance production for young people and promoting the globalization of Taiwanese folk songs for localized audiences (830KB PDF) by Su-Ling Chou, Ting-Yu Chen & Erica Helm
  8. Creative movement – An opportunity for affective education (378KB PDF) by Vesna Geršak
  9. Enhancing cognition through children’s dance creation (360KB PDF) by Miriam Giguere
  10. When young people meet dance: A case study from the Life Pulse course for teenagers at the Cloud Gate Dance School (475KB PDF) by Ming-Fei Hsieh, Shu-Chi Piao, Hsin-Yi Lee, & Pei-Chun Liu
    謝明霏、李欣怡、標姝圻、柳佩君: 當舞蹈遇見青少年:以雲門舞集舞蹈教室少年律動課程為例 (1MB PDF)
  11. Dance in the Canadian diaspora: Embodying identity in a Toronto Filipino community (475KB PDF) by Catherine Limbertie
  12. On the fetish-character and visual seduction- Dance in Taiwanese mandopop music videos and youth culture (2MB PDF) by Chu-Ying Liu
  13. The use of scaffolding in the teaching of creative dance by kindergarten teachers (220KB PDF) by Shu-Ying Liu
  14. Transforming lives one Pulse Ontario Youth Dance Conference at a time (255KB PDF) by Mary-Elizabeth Manley, Carmelina Martin, & Marc Richard
  15. Possibilities of inductive reasoning in the dance-making process/dance education (240KB PDF) by Sandra Cerny Minton
  16. Young people’s embodied voices: Experiences and learning in dance education practices across the world (365KB PDF) by Charlotte Svendler Nielsen, Eeva Anttila, Nicholas Rowe, & Tone Pernille Østern
  17. What’s worth assessing in K-12 dance education? (220KB PDF) by Susan W. Stinson
  18. Embodying transformation: Dance in Brazilian students’ lives (700KB PDF) by Alba Pedreira Vieira
  19. Intergenerational dance: Changing perceptions of student teachers through teaching older adults (94KB PDF) by Mary Jane Warner
  20. Look! You see what is not really there (187KB PDF) by Liesbeth Wildschut

Project dialogues and panels

  1. Tiny movements, big lessons—In Java (120KB PDF) by Alex Dea
  2. The Australian Youth Dance Festival—Supporting youth dance outside of school (500KB PDF) by Julie Dyson
  3. Blogging choreography: Using the Internet to collaborate transnationally (77KB PDF) by Cynthia Ling Lee
  4. Setting the stage for dance education: Dance performances for young people (35KB PDF) by Ella Hanson Magruder
  5. Youth forums at daCi and WDA Global Dance Summit 2012 (325KB PDF) by Marc Richard

Education of dance teachers and artists

How are teachers and artists being prepared for 21st century challenges of teaching dance in differing contexts, including informal and informal learning contexts?

Research papers and panels

  1. Crossing borders to a new person-hood: Dancers and study abroad (200KB PDF) by Thomas Hayward
  2. Developing the expressive artist: Constructive creativity in the technique class (130KB PDF) by David Mead
  3. Skipping against hegemony: Where are states of lightness in contemporary dance-making? (190KB PDF) by Maggi Phillips
  4. Primary teachers’ efficacy beliefs in dance education (300KB PDF) by Suzanne Renner
  5. Igniting a collaborative practice (290KB PDF) by Marc Richard, Carmelina Martin, Brooke Charlebois, & Kirsten Fielding
  6. Dance in New Zealand primary schools: Moving forward toward a realisation of UNESCO’s aims for the arts (260KB PDF) by Barbara Snook
  7. Dance as art, experience, and knowledge: A case study of undergraduate student experience (260KB PDF) by Susan W. Stinson with Liora Bresler
  8. Putting creativity at the center of dance practice, policy, and education (190KB PDF) by Susan Street
  9. Researching dance teachers’ professional identity in Taiwan (200KB PDF) by Chu-Yun Wang

Project dialogues and panels

  1. Learning beyond conventions: "Body creativities and dances" course at the university in Taiwan (94KB PDF) by Wei-Ying Hsu
    徐瑋瑩:  超越智性與常規的學習:大學通識教育「身體開發與舞蹈」課程經驗談 (175KB PDF)
  2. Artistic supervision as reference in the development of aesthetic approaches to pedagogical supervision by Tone Pernille Østern & Anna-Lena Østern
  3. ‘SOUND MOVES’: The process of creative collaboration by Iris Tomlinson with David Sutton-Anderson, Avril Anderson & Katy Pendlebury
  4. Leap!—A platform for children to explore their own body movements (375KB PDF) by Meiyee Wong
    黃美儀:「敢動!」讓孩子創造自己的動作 (340KB PDF)

Dance as social justice

How is dance transforming, limiting or defining lives?

Research papers and panels

  1. Asian American choreographies in Los Angeles Salsa clubs (200KB PDF) by I-Wen Chang
  2. Negotiating cultural identity through autobiographic solos: Mui Cheuk-Yin’s diary (260KB PDF) by Ting-Ting Chang
  3. Dancing in the Arab Spring: Dance, hegemony, and change (275KB PDF) by Rosemary Martin
  4. Dance pedagogy and embodied stories: Transformative possibilities
    Dance as empowering in the early years
    (240KB PDF) by Adrienne Sansom
  5. Dance and gender: Is there any change? (190KB PDF) by Isto Turpeinen:

Project dialogues and panels

  1. Searching Asian identity through contemporary dance: Case studies of dance composition students at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (30KB PDF) by Caren Cariño
  2. Exploring dance as a subject of knowledge for cultural identity in Papua New Guinea: Issues from the 2010 National Dance Symposium (485KB PDF) by Naomi Faik-Simet
  3. Dance for children and young people with disabilities (70KB PDF) by Lesley Ovenden
  4. Dialogues within and without: Journey of two sisters learning and performing Indian dance in Singapore and beyond (30KB PDF) by Siri Rama
  5. Dance and education: The contributions of regional and contemporary Afro Brasilian dance to the development of the self-esteem of Brasilian children (300KB PDF) by Carlos Alberto Vieira Soares (Carlos Kiss) & Priscila Luiza Aparecida Coscarella

Teaching dance

What are the approaches to teaching dance with young people? What are the teaching contexts for dance? What are the emerging theories, policies, politics shaping and limiting shaping dance teaching?

Research papers and panels

  1. Choreographed childhoods: Patterns of embodiment in the lives of contemporary children (250KB PDF) by Eeva Anttila
  2. The transformation between symbolic system and dance/movement (170KB PDF) by Ying-Bi (Betty) Chiang
  3. Constructing empathy: Perspectives and biases in classrooms abroad (245KB PDF) by Kristen Jeppsen Groves & Marin Leggat-Roper
  4. Creative dance: Beyond childhood (95KB PDF) by Heather Heiner
  5. Multiple impressions of arts education for children by Shu-Lien Huang
    黃淑蓮:  多元風采的幼兒藝術教育 (95KB PDF)
  6. Impact of conscious pedagogy (175KB PDF) by Susan R. Koff
  7. Exploring autonomous learning strategies within contemporary dance technique class at the South China Normal University (275KB PDF) by Yan Liu
    劉妍: 個案研究:在華南師範大學現代舞課堂教學中,探索自主學習策略的可行性 (475KB PDF)
  8. The need for child-centered communities of practice for children's dance education in Taiwan (230KB PDF) by Juan-Ann Tai
  9. The action of implementing creative dance in school education in Taiwan (770KB PDF) by Yi-Jung Wu

Project dialogues and panels

  1. Chopsticks, calligraphy and zen: Cultivating global awareness through Taiwanese culture and dance (485KB PDF) by Ting-Yu Chen
  2. Subversion of waltz: Applied creative ballroom dance teaching in Taiwan youth American culture camp (250KB PDF) by Hsi-Chieh Cheng
    鄭希婕: 顛覆華爾滋:國標舞創意教學運用於臺灣青少年美國文化體驗營 (135KB PDF)
  3. Development of the idea of dance movement through learning based on creative thinking and play at the St. Ursula kindergarten, Jakarta, Indonesia (30KB PDF) by Melina Surya Dewi


‘Dance, young people and change’ summit program

Dance, Young People and Change brought together young people, parents, educators and others from around the world to share and consider the role of dance in young people’s lives. It provided critical evaluation and reflection on approaches to dance learning, teaching and curriculum for young people and offered opportunities to critique the relevance of dance for young people within education and community contexts.