Dancing across the lifespan: Negotiating age, place, and purpose

Pam Musil, Doug Risner, Karen Schupp

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4 Scopus citations


This book critically examines matters of age and aging in relation to dance. As a novel collection of diverse authors' voices, this edited book traverses the human lifespan from early childhood to death as it negotiates a breadth of dance experiences and contexts. The conversations ignited within each chapter invite readers to interrogate current disciplinary attitudes and dominant assumptions and serve as catalysts for changing and evolving long entrenched views among dancers regarding matters of age and aging. The text is organized in three sections, each representing a specific context within which dance exists. Section titles include educational contexts, social and cultural contexts, and artistic contexts. Within these broad categories, each contributor's milieu of lived experiences illuminate age-related factors and their many intersections. While several contributing authors address and problematize the phenomenon of aging in mid-life and beyond, other authors tackle important issues that impact young dancers and dance professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages274
ISBN (Electronic)9783030828660
ISBN (Print)9783030828653
StatePublished - Feb 4 2022


  • Ageism
  • Aging
  • Arts education
  • Dance
  • Human development
  • Lifespan
  • Performance
  • Sociology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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