Sunday, September 23, 2007

dance and academia in NY Times

I know I'm kind of outsourcing some reading lately, but there have been some good articles going on...

Please read this article in the Times today (9/23).

I have many many many comments, but one quote sums it up:

“There is a real tension between dance — at even a department like mine, which is very well established — and an academic context,” said Lynn Garafola, a dance scholar who is a professor in Barnard College’s dance department. “Most of the people teaching technique classes have been longtime professionals. They’ve never been to a liberal arts college. There really is a deep anti-intellectualism, but in some ways it’s almost a na├»ve anti-intellectualism. It’s just not a part of their world.”

Amen.

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