My name is Tracey Platt and I am currently studying an Foundation Degree in Theatre and Performance. I have been taking dance training at local dance schools since an early age including numerous dance exams so that I can reach teaching levels. However, the exams I undertook are not a recognised qualification, therefore I wanted to take this training further within Higher Education. My passion for dance lies within popular dance forms and I have discovered that there is very little popular dance currently being taught within HE, therefore I have decided to write my research paper on ‘Popular dance within HE’. I have compiled a questionnaire to collect other people’s opinions and help me find out more about my chosen topic and I was hoping that you could find the time to help me. I have included this questionnaire within this e-mail and I would be extremely grateful if you could complete this questionnaire to help me with my research, and e-mail the answers back to me. By popular dance forms i mean all forms of dance that are popular such as ballroom, tap, street dance, disco etc etc not ballet though.
1 How do you think dance is currently being taught within Higher Education?
2 Why you think there are so little popular dance forms such as tap and street dance, being taught within HE?
3 Is this something that we should be concerned about?
4 Why do you think the two forms of Ballet and Contemporary dance are considered more worthy of study?
5 Do you think popular dance forms are worthy of study with HE?
6 Why do you think the blurred boundaries of 'high art' and 'popular culture', are not yet present within the study of dance in HE as they are within music and theatre?
7 In your opinion where do the boundaries of ‘High art’ and ‘Popular Culture’ lie within dance?
8 Do you have any further comments that may be relevant?
I recognise that you are a busy person and may not have the time to complete this questionnaire. However short answers would still be a great benefit to me and help me an awful lot with my research paper.
Thank you for your time.