Updated Proposal

After careful deliberation, Christine and I decided that we will look at body image and gender among various dance groups. In researching body image, we hope to find out what society believes the ideal dancer looks like and moves like.  We also hope to discover how society views male dancers. We can then obtain a generalizable response about what is acceptable and what is not in the dance community.

We will go about this task via photo elicitation, participant observation (we will go to different dance shows and observe the audience’s reaction and listen in to side conversations), as well as short questionnaires to get a general idea of how people feel about gender and body image in the dance community. We have possible video ideas as well as photos for the elicitation portion of our project.  These videos are predominately south asian/caribbean segments.  We hope to obtain videos of other cultural dances too.


  1.   mhaniff88 Said:

    on 03/17/2010 at 2:21 PM

    Hey Bianca Erriah your ideas are really intersting and i am looking forward to see how you bring the history of dancing in to this project. Will you compare the differences in female dancers and male dancers.

  2.   lila Said:

    on 03/17/2010 at 2:28 PM

    Will you be focusing on dancers from different time period and see how their body images change? And I like the fact that you brought up male dancers. There’s this really good film you should try, it’s called “Billy Elliot”?, maybe that could help you and give you some ideas. 🙂

  3.   biancaerriah Said:

    on 03/17/2010 at 2:31 PM

    Hey MHaniff88, I’m not so sure if we would go into the past of dancing. We would like to focus on the present as well as the future of male dancing. We would like to see how society reacts when they see boys dance. We want to compare how people view female dancers and male dancers. We also want to find out to see if the community feels male dancers are considered homosexuals…. ……

  4.   antonia Said:

    on 03/22/2010 at 1:06 PM

    This sounds great! But from our conversations, I got the impression that you guys would like to do your project IN the dance community, not ABOUT it? Since you have access to various dance groups, it might be easier to do a project that compares the attitudes you mention either within the dance community (comparing two dance groups, or make and female dancers); or attitudes among dancers and non-dancers. What do you think?

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