Parenting, Roma Feminism and Dance: Cultivating an egalitarian dance-research environment

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the working relationship between the director of an HE institute in the UK, and an artist-researcher navigating the higher education dance working environment and motherhood. The paper draws on personal experiences, sections labelled vignettes that highlight a tension faced by the individual and reflects on how the director of a HE institution in the UK facilitated egalitarian work environments through her charismatic leadership style. Such leadership from a senior female colleague allowed me to live out my Romani feminism and encouraged an inclusive work culture within higher education and the dance sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-50
Number of pages18
JournalResearch in Dance Education
Volume24
Issue number1
Early online date28 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any med-ium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

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The director allowed me to decide and define the working terms. The ability to choose the length of my maternity leave and to have a flexible work environment allowed me to recover from a traumatic birth experience while also still contribute to the E-Space project. It should be noted that my husband regularly came to the office with me and baby was always welcomed at the Centre, which allowed me to carry my daughter in a sling. This body-to-body contact with my daughter was important to me and living out my personal decisions within this public space created an unconventional environment. This work culture was permitted because of the director and the support from my colleagues and husband

Keywords

  • Motherhood
  • dance
  • charismatic leadership
  • Feminism
  • Roma

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