Document Type

Unpublished Paper

Publication Date

July 2010

Journal or Book Title

Dance Research Journal


In The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training, editors Melanie Bales and Rebecca Nettl-Fiol focus directly on “the practices . . . that thread through the jumbled collection of experiences that comprise late twentieth- and very early twenty-first century dance training” (ix). They remind us at once of the centrality of training to the art of dance and to its cultural and epistemic potency. Bales and Nettl-Fiol begin with the premise that training practices are not only skill builders—they are sites for the invention, discovery, and development of dance (viii). As such, they are generative sites of art and knowledge production.

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