Inspired or Inhibited? Choreographers’ Views on How Classical Ballet Training Shaped Their Creativity

Clements, Lucie and Nordin-Bates, Sanna M. (2020) Inspired or Inhibited? Choreographers’ Views on How Classical Ballet Training Shaped Their Creativity. Journal of Dance Education, 22 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1529-0824

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Abstract

Classical ballet training has been criticized for prioritizing technical excellence over creativity, despite 21st century dancers needing to be strong in both aspects. The aim of this study was to investigate professional choreographers’ views on (a) how ballet training inspired vs. inhibited their creativity and (b) potential gender differences in this regard. Eight choreographers (50% female) participated in semi-structured interviews, with transcripts analysed using thematic analysis. The key theme was created from accounts of how ballet training impacted on interviewees’ Intrinsic motivation to create, fed into by experiences of Autonomy, Variety and Opportunities. Experiences of significant autonomy thwarting were considered to have inhibited creativity; this was also one of several areas of gender difference, and a reason for participants to pursue choreography rather than stay employed as dancers. In following the emergent Recommendations for schools, it is possible that Intrinsic motivation to create could be better nurtured in ballet training.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Choreography, ballet; dance, dance science, pedagogy, qualitative research, Visual Arts and Performing Arts, Education
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV1580 Dance > GV1782.5 Choreography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV1580 Dance > GV1787 Ballet
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV1580 Dance
Divisions: Academic Areas > Department of Dance
Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Lucie Clements
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2020 11:52
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2022 13:42
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5092

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