Date of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Foundation in Education


College of Education, Department of Teacher Education

First Advisor

Stephen Haymes, PhD

Second Advisor

James Duignan, MFA


This paper will explore the development of dance education starting from the original conception of Margaret H’Doubler. The literature surrounding this topic will be focused primarily on the work of philosophers Émile Durkheim, Karl Marx, John Dewey, Frédéric Lordon, Hannah Arendt, Jacques Rancière, and Ivan Illich to critically examine H’Doubler’s inauguration of the first dance major in higher education in 1926. Further, this paper will explore movement as a mode of learning, as a practice that embodies epistemology and questions the political nature of the corporeal body; dance as way to assemble life, to become a lifetime learner through the pursuits of ones heartfelt desires. Finally, the study will attest to the continuation of funding for curriculum research for dance studies programs within and as well as outside of higher education.

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