Dance Research

Dance Research Publications

Research in dance in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation is led by Dr. Pirkko Markula, a professor in socio-cultural studies of physical activity.

Dr. Markula heads up the Body, Movement and Culture Research Group in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation.

Recent Dance Research Projects in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation

Clark, M. (2014). Constructing the dancing self: How girls who dance in commercial dance studios   construct the self through the dancing body. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Alberta, Canada.

Eales, L. (2013). Disquiet in the Peanut Gallery: A transformative performance ethnography on integrated dance.  Unpublished Masters thesis, University of Alberta, Canada. http://ualweb.library.ualberta.ca/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/57/123/X?user_id=WUAARCHIVE&_search_ui=ilink

Markula, P. (in press). (Im)mobile bodies: Contemporary semi-professional dancers’ experiences with     injuries. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. DOI:10.1177/1012690213495745

Markula, P. (2011). ‘Dancing the Data:’ (Im)Mobile Bodies. International Review of Qualitative Research, 4(1), 35-50. Videolink below

Millar, C. (2013). The positive experiences of women in contemporary dance. Unpublished Masters thesis, University of Alberta, Canada. http://ualweb.library.ualberta.ca/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/57/123/X?user_id=WUAARCHIVE&_search_ui=ilink

Vandekerkhove, J. (2015). At the barre: Ethical training for beginners’ ballet class. Unpublished Masters      capping project, University of Alberta, Canada.

Dance Research Presentations

Clark, M. (2013, November). Foucault at the barre and other surprises: Reading the ballet studio. A paper presented at the Annual meeting of North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Quebec City, Canada.

Clark, M. (2014, November). Multiple bodies: In the studio with adolescent ballet dancers. A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of North American Society of the Sociology of Sport, Portland, OR, United States. 

Davies, K. (2013, November). Reading the dancing body in children’s sport fiction. A paper presented at the Annual meeting of North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Quebec City, Canada.

Markula, P. (2014, November). The face of dance: The force of the moving body in ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of North American Society of for the Sociology of Sport, Portland, OR, United States.

Markula, P. (2013, November). Foucauldian inspired physical activity practices: Teaching an interdisciplinary movement analysis course on dance. A paper presented at the Annual meeting of North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Quebec City, Canada.

Markula, P. (2013, June). Contemporary dance instructors' and yoga instructors' views about healthy technical training. Paper presented at the conference of International Sport Sociology Association, Vancouver, Canada.

Markula, P. (2013, November). Dance as a territorializing machine: The case of So You Think You Can Dance. A paper presented at the Annual meeting of North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Quebec City, Canada.

Markula, P. (2013, November). Foucauldian inspired physical activity practices: Teaching an interdisciplinary movement analysis course on dance. A paper presented at the Annual meeting of North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Quebec City, Canada.

Markula, P. (2012, November). (Im)Mobile bodies: Contemporary dancers' experiences with injury. Paper presented at the 33th annual conference of North American Society of Sociology of Sport. New Orleans, LA, United States.

Markula, P. & Kelly, B. (2011). Outolintu. Invited presentation at the Seventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Urbana, IL, United States.


Dance Research in Progress

 

Markula, P., Acton, K., Clark, M., Eales, L., & Vandekerkhove, J. (in progress). The Dancing Body in Motion: Learning through Movement. Sport, Education and Society.

Markula, P., & Clark, M. (in progress). Dance practice. In D. L. Andrews, M. I. Silk & H. Thorpe (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies. London: Routledge.

Markula, P. (in progress). The contemporary ballet body: Representation and experience. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press.

Bliss, T., Gervais, W., Markula, P., Metzger-Corriveau, K., Rintoul, M., & Vandekerkhove, J. (in progress). Continuation: Memory-work project on experienced dancers’ performance and rehearsal experiences.

Bliss, T., Markula, P., Nikolai, J. (in progress). Collaborative dance research project between University of Alberta, Canada and Auckland Institute of Technology, New Zealand.

 

Dance Research Grants

Markula, P. ‘So You Think You Can Dance:’ Dance as Physical Cultural Practice. SSHRC research grant (2012-2016).

Stovel, N. (2013-2014). Women with wings: The romantic ballerina then and now. KIAS cluster grant, University of Alberta (2013-2014) with co-investigators Vadim Bulitko, Christina Grier, and Pirkko Markula. Weblink: www.igiselle.ca

 Markula, P. At the barre: Ethical training for beginners’ ballet class. Human Performance Grant, University of Alberta (2013-2014).

Markula, P. How do dance instructors educate healthy dancers? Human Performance Grant, University of Alberta (2008-2009).