Style, Aesthetic, and Credibility of the Black Ballet Teacher


The paper presentation entitled Style, Aesthetic, and Credibility of the Black Ballet Teacher, examines the existing scholarship primarily across the domain of education on black teaching style, black artistic aesthetic, and discourses on the ways in which expertise is determined. The scholarship that is investigated for this presentation seeks to uncover the stylistic characteristics of black teaching, the defining characteristics of black artistic aesthetic, and how expertise in a subject area is constructed. From research done on the perception of black educators in predominately white schools and universities, one can draw parallels to the challenges and experiences of black classical ballet teachers whom most often instruct in predominately white spaces. There is a direct correlation to these areas of inquiry as black ballet teachers may differ in both teaching style and artistic aesthetic from their white peers.

Presenter: Monica Stephenson