Epistemology of the weekend: youth dance theatre

Romans, Hopal, Akinleye, Adesola ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7342-8292 and Joseph, Michael (2018) Epistemology of the weekend: youth dance theatre. In: Narratives in Black British Dance: Embodied Practices. Akinleye, Adesola ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7342-8292, ed. Palgrave MacMillian, pp. 265-276. pbk-ISBN 9783319703138, e-ISBN 9783319703145. [Book Section] (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-70314-5_17)


In this chapter Romans, Akinleye and Joseph remember their experiences in early Youth Dance Companies in Britain. For many young people dancing was a distraction from the turmoil of being a Black teenager in Britain in 1970s and 1980s. Dance also introduced the exciting new voices that were emerging around us in trans-Atlantic contemporary dance arts. Marginalized from auditioning for performing arts schools by cost and lack of access, as well as the openly racist aesthetic criteria for entry, their dance training comprised intense weekends of technique classes and rehearsals. Many young people from these early youth companies went on to have distinguished careers in dance internationally.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts
Item ID: 25221
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Depositing User: Adesola Akinleye
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 15:13
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2020 22:58
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25221

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