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By E. Schwaiger

This ebook explores the nexus among gender, getting older and tradition in dancers working towards various genres. It demanding situations present cultural norms which equate growing older with physically decline and attracts on an interdisciplinary theoretical framework to discover possible choices for constructing a culturally valued mature subjectivity during the perform of dance.

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Dance genres such as classical ballet could therefore be seen as culturally constructed, gendered and genderingg corporeal codes that become embodied through reiteration (bodily practice), as intraculturally ‘proper’ codes reflecting ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’ ways of dancing and moving. For example, in the 1980s dance researchers such as Hanna (1988) and Wilson and Moore (1982) argued that feminine and masculine styles of ballet dancing were not ‘natural’ but instead an outcome of training, as Wilson and Moore (1982, p.

In more recent years, a number of career transition programs and services have been developed in the United Kingdom (with the Dancers’ Career Development Centre commencing in 1973), Canada and the United States (where both the Dancer Transition Resource Centre in Canada and Career Transition For Dancers were established in 1985). In The Netherlands the Dutch Retraining Program for Professional Dancers also opened in 1986. All centers provide a mix of psychological, economic, educational and training, and counseling services to facilitate dancers’ transition, and are able to provide grants in some instances.

Bourdieu (1984) associated ageing with a decline in embodied, physical capital. Further, if women are valued more than men for their attractiveness then one would expect this form of physical capital to decline at an earlier age for women than for men, since both ageing in general and ageing for women are linked to a class-based hierarchy in which classes can be distinguished through specific normative body practices. Thus ageing, and the form of social class loosely referred to in Western cultures as the ‘working class’, involve a culturally understood and perpetuated devaluation of the aged, classed body.

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