Young, talented dancers in contemporary dance training: widening participation and fair access, rhetoric or reality?
Pickard, A. 2020. Young, talented dancers in contemporary dance training: widening participation and fair access, rhetoric or reality? Research in Dance Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/14647893.2020.1857349
Socio-economic disadvantage can be a significant barrier to accessing high quality dance training for young, talented dancers. Government policy and strategy relating to widening participation and talent development in the UK are premised on raising aspirations and meritocracy. This article uses Pierre Bourdieu’s conceptual framework of field, capital and habitus to examine social variations, that can act as barriers to talent identification and talent development in dance. An interview study was undertaken with 33 talented, contemporary dancers, between the ages of 13-16 years, from a variety of backgrounds, about their experiences prior to and during their participation in a dance Centre of Advanced Training programme. Findings suggest the dancers’ have experienced barriers to access, but also capital gain, symbolic exchange and transformative potential.
|Keywords||Talent; Contemporary dance; Socio-economic disadvantage; Capital gain|
|Journal||Research in Dance Education|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/14647893.2020.1857349|
|Online||05 Jan 2020|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||21 Nov 2020|
|Deposited||23 Nov 2020|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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