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Conditions of Dance in Morocco: Interviews and observations of Adults and Children involved in Dance activities in Marrakech
Stockholm University. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies. (Barn och Ungdomsvetenskap)
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The overall purpose of this study was to deepen our knowledge about dance in general and about

dance activities for children in particular, in Morocco. Consequently, we attempted to gain insight and

understanding of the social and political premises to dance in this context. We further intended to

study how children were involved in dance activities. A qualitative study was carried out during a stay

of eight weeks in Marrakech. Data was mainly collected through participant observations in the field

of dance and children and adults were interviewed. In addition, a quantitative based opinion survey

was carried out among seven dance teachers.

The results showed that in spite of the fact that traditional folk dancing is frequently practiced in the

Moroccan culture, there was a difficulty for the art of dance to gain ground. The access to dance

activities was limited due to insufficient political and economical support and also because of the

social conceptions prevailing in the Moroccan society. However, dance was highly valued by children

that took part in dance education. Both children and dance teachers expressed that dancing enhanced

the children's self esteem, emotional communication and aesthetic experiences. In the light of the

theory of multiple intelligences the respondents foremost referred to the personal intelligence as being

promoted by dancing. The perspective of the child did not receive much attention in governmental

policies. The access to dance activities for children was much relying on the cultural and economic

capital of the family. Among people involved in the general field of dance, the knowledge on dance

showed broad and despite the obvious challenges they were eager to continue their work for the art of

dance.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 60 p.
Series
Studies in educational sciences, ISSN 1400-478X
Keyword [en]
Dance, Morocco. aestethic, subjects, children, UNCRC, Gardner
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28333OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-28333DiVA: diva2:223749
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Lärarhögskolan, Konradbergs Campus, Stockholm (Swedish)
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Humanities, Theology
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