|dc.description.abstract||This research aimed to identify whether a stereotype of male contemporary
dancers exists within popular culture and televised media. It then addressed how this
impacts upon male participation and entrance into contemporary dance. The study
developed knowledge around the lack of participation and provided suggestions on
how this could be improved.
This study followed a mixed qualitative and quantitative research design,
including a media analysis, survey and two interviews. The media analysis looked at
three clips of male contemporary dancers within popular television in the past three
years, to identify and establish the presented stereotype. The survey, formed
through identifying key themes in existing literature relating to the research question,
was completed online by 12 male participants. Two interviews were conducted, one
with two male final year sport students and one male final year dance student; these
were also formatted using the key themes identified and incorporated the video clips
used within the media analysed as a point of discussion. The findings were then
compared to identify the stereotype that exists and the impact that this has on male
participation in dance.
The stereotype identified presented a feminine view of male contemporary
dancers, which seemed to be problematic for both dancers and non-dancers.
Essentially males who do not dance do not want to start and males that do dance
feel that there is not a fair representation of male contemporary dancers within
British culture because of this stereotype. The research underpins ways in which
future research and practice could alter these stereotypes and change the way male
contemporary dancers are presented in the media, resulting in an more positive
image to encourage male participation in dance||en_US