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dc.contributor.advisorDavis, Donna M. (Donna Marie)
dc.contributor.authorJames, Tobin E.
dc.date.issued2023
dc.date.submitted2023 Spring
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page, viewed June 15, 2023
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Donna Davis
dc.descriptionVita
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 179-190)
dc.descriptionDissertation (Ed.D.)--Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Foundations. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2023
dc.description.abstractThroughout history, dance has been regarded as an act of rebellion. This art form has persisted to become a means for the common person to demonstrate impassioned objections to issues from racism and religious oppression to communism, plastic waste, and human trafficking. As early as the plantation era, dance has provided a means of physical intervention throughout U.S. history. With its origins in departments of physical education, dance became a fixture in higher education—first as an artistic aesthetic, then as a weapon for battle. While much has been written about the history and development of dance in U.S. institutions of higher education and about the role of dance in American activism, little has been written about the history of how these roles emerged to exist in tandem. This historical study discusses the role of dance activism in higher education. Firstly, how dance has historically existed as the embodiment of opposition, followed by a discussion about how the introduction of dance into higher education served as a form of activism for women. This study delves into the social injustices that exist within and outside of the academy, as well as the historical events that have led to advances in thought and the practice of dance in higher education. The literature revealed that at every turn in the evolution of dance in higher education, there was activism.
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction -- Early dance academe and activism (1920s-1970s) -- Here to stay - the solidification of dance in higher education (1970s-2000s) -- From the stage to the streets: dance activism in academia (2000-2022) -- Dance activism in higher education: current experiences, perspectives, and progressive thoughts -- The power of stories
dc.format.extentxxi, 192 pages
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/95131
dc.subject.lcshDance -- Political aspects
dc.subject.lcshDance -- Study and teaching
dc.subject.otherDissertation -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Education
dc.titleFrom P.E. to Protests: the History of Dance Activism in Academia: 1920–2022
thesis.degree.disciplineEducation (UMKC)
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Kansas City
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameEd.D. (Doctor of Education)


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