Dancing Boys: High School Males in Dance

By Zihao Li

© 2016

The challenges that young women go through in order to be successful in the world of dance are well known. However, little is known about the experiences of young men who choose to take dance classes in non-professional settings.

Dancing Boys is one of the first scholarly works to demystify the largely unknown challenges of adolescent males in dance. Through an ethnographic study of sixty-two adolescent male students, Zihao Li captures the authentic stories and experiences of boys participating in dance classes in a public high school in Toronto. Accompanied by the boys’ artwork and photographs and supported by a documentary-style video, the study explores their motivations for dancing, their reflections on masculinity and gender, and the internal and external factors that impact their decisions to continue to dance professionally or in informal settings. With the author’s reflections on his own journey as a professional dancer woven throughout, Dancing Boys will spark discussion on how and why educators can engage adolescent males in dance.

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  • Page Count: 192 pages
  • Illustrations: 30
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.5in x 9.0in
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Dancing Boys is one of the few scholarly works that demystify the largely unknown challenges of adolescent males in dance.

Dancing Boys: High School Males in Dance

By Zihao Li

© 2016

The challenges that young women go through in order to be successful in the world of dance are well known. However, little is known about the experiences of young men who choose to take dance classes in non-professional settings.

Dancing Boys is one of the first scholarly works to demystify the largely unknown challenges of adolescent males in dance. Through an ethnographic study of sixty-two adolescent male students, Zihao Li captures the authentic stories and experiences of boys participating in dance classes in a public high school in Toronto. Accompanied by the boys’ artwork and photographs and supported by a documentary-style video, the study explores their motivations for dancing, their reflections on masculinity and gender, and the internal and external factors that impact their decisions to continue to dance professionally or in informal settings. With the author’s reflections on his own journey as a professional dancer woven throughout, Dancing Boys will spark discussion on how and why educators can engage adolescent males in dance.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 192 pages
  • Illustrations: 30
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.5in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “The case studies and analysis provided by Zihao Li in Dancing Boys will be the catalyst for future publications that directly address dance education both in and outside the mainstream training schools and performing arts conservatories.”


    Henry Daniel, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University

    “Zihao Li has written a highly readable book with real insights and stories that need to be read by teachers and students alike.”


    Ralph Buck, Dance Studies, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland
  • Author Information

    Zihao Li is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Macau. He has performed with the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, the Hong Kong Dance Company, the City Contemporary Dance Company, and the German Hamburg Ballet.
  • Table of contents

    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    Foreword

    Introduction

    Chapter one: I am a Dancer

    Chapter two: Boys in Dance

    Chapter three: Where Are the Dancing Boys?

    Chapter four: The Voices of the Dancing Boys

    Chapter five: Transformation

    Chapter six: Invisible Barriers

    Chapter seven: Dance Experience & Class

    Chapter eight: Show Time

    Chapter nine: Dancing Through Our Lives

    Chapter ten: Video Documentary on Adolescent Male Dance Students

    References

    Endnotes

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