Extraordinary people, extraordinary wisdom: How can professional ballet dancers persevere in their performance career?

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dc.contributor.author Kim, Heejin
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-01T15:40:41Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-05-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/10814
dc.description.abstract Several studies have reported various challenges ballet dancers experience in their performance careers. However, to date, very little research has been done to understand how professional ballet dancers persevere in their performance careers in the face of the demanding nature and various challenges associated with their career. The purpose of this study was to explore perseverance of professional ballet dancers in their performance career from the perspectives of retired professional ballet dancers. Using a social constructivist lens, the research question addressed in this study was: How can professional ballet dancers persevere in a performance career? Narrative interviews were conducted with participants (N = 9) who had danced at one or more professional ballet companies for at least one year and had been involved in the ballet world since their retirement from their performance careers. A thematic analysis was used to analyze the data and 4 themes were identified about persevering as a professional ballet dancer in a performance career: (a) Building and Looking After Your Healthy Sense of Self and Mental Attitude; (b) Navigating Your Career Journey With Intelligence and Courage Within and Beyond One Ballet Company; (c) Growing as an Artist to Have More Than Technique and Raw Physicality to Capture an Audience; and (d) Balancing Your Performance Career by Having a Life Outside the Dance World. Implications of the findings for research, practice, and counselling are discussed. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Career en_US
dc.subject Counselling en_US
dc.subject Dance en_US
dc.subject Ballet en_US
dc.subject Dancers en_US
dc.subject Dance Education en_US
dc.subject Perseverance en_US
dc.subject Personal Wisdom en_US
dc.subject Performance Career en_US
dc.title Extraordinary people, extraordinary wisdom: How can professional ballet dancers persevere in their performance career? en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Tasker, Susan L.
dc.degree.department Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2020-04-26

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