After meeting this week with my future supervisor, I have changed the focus of my research into professional ballet dancers. My research question is tenatively now:
“How do ballet dancers accommodate changing motivations through a lifetime of changes, successes and disappointments?”
I will be arguing that each dancers’ experience is contextual and that no single theory fits all cases. Dancers have a biography that follows them through their career; from their first steps, to retirement from dance.
It will be my aim to identify contextually the career stages and possible associated motivations. I will explore how these motivations are articulated as well as experienced in reality? And importantly, how do dancers and those people they are associated with deal with these expectations and cope with success and failure.
I hope to be making more posts soon that will explore these ideas and seek contributions from anyone interested.