dance, gender, masculinity, identity, Buenos Aires, dance institution
Dance | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Latin American Studies | Performance Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies
In the fall of 2011, I participated in a School for International Training (SIT) program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As part of their Social Movements and Human Rights courses, I spent the semester studying the historical social movements as well as human rights that continue to plague the country today. Each student had to complete and independent study project, in which we conducted our own research and wrote a concluding paper. Another student shared my passion for dance, so we decided to try and combine the art with human rights to create a blend of our interests. We had the privilege of teaching a hip-hop workshop at a juvenile detention center in Buenos Aires for boys ages 16 and 17 called Manuel Rocca. In addition to teaching dance, we included other elements of personal development in the workshop such as free-expression, leadership, and creativity. As an added research component, I looked further into how the institution fosters identity development within a closed institution. This experience had a profound effect on my life, career goals, and understanding of dance.
Lettko, K. (2013). Dance, Masculinity and Identity Development: Lessons from a closed institution in Buenos Aires (Undergraduate honors thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from https://inspire.redlands.edu/cas_honors/476
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