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Dance Ballet Los Angeles

*PERFORMING ART: DANCING BEYOND THE GENDER BINARY – A Three-Part Series

DANCING BEYOND THE GENDER BINARY

Posted by Nancy Dobbs Owen

In this three-part series for LA Dance Chronicle, I am studying the various ways that bullying and gender interact, affecting leadership, individual success and failure, mental health, and representation in dance. If you are coming to this series fresh, you can read the introductory article here. The second piece looks at bullying and the gender gap in leadership. This final piece addresses gay, lesbian, gender fluid and queer representation in dance, both how dancers who don’t fit into the binary have been quashed and how the dance community is finally expanding and starting to include all voices and stories, both in and out of  mainstream companies.  CLICK FOR MORE

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draft logo02BEYOND THE CELEBRITY HEADLINES, BULLYING AND GENDER DYNAMICS IN THE DANCE WORLD, A THREE PART SERIES

Is there anyone in the dance world not aware of Lara Spencer’s ill conceived and rather gross bullying of six year old Prince George for his love of ballet classes, the resulting rally of the dance community in support of male dancers and the backlash to that; even worse bullying of male dancers by ​FOX and Friends​? Fueled by social media posts, it all took the dance community and popular culture by storm. “They” struck and we struck back, with pride and love and thousands of gorgeous dance photos of stunning men flying through the air. Three of our best dancers met with Ms. Spencer and organized a giant class which took place in Times Square demonstrating the beauty, skill, dedication and compassion that dancers embody.  CLICK FOR MORE

CLICK HERE TO JOIN A GROWING LIST OF ONLINE DANCE CLASSES

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BULLYING AND THE STRUGGLE FOR GENDER PARITY IN DANCE

When I first decided that I wanted to write about the reactions I observed regarding the Prince George bullying incident, I thought it would take me a couple of weeks to look at some research, talk to a few people in the industry and come up with a clear and cogent summary of the problems and perhaps a list of solutions.  I wrote the introductory article, posted it and planned to post the second and third over the next few weeks. That was intensely naive. The problems of bullying, homophobia, misogyny, and gender (mis)representation are multilayered, intertwined, serious and intensely harmful. CLICK FOR MORE

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