Na ponta dos pés: notas sobre dança, cultura e políticas públicas em Goiás (1980 - 2018)

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This work intents to establish the relations between Dance and History in Goiás, trying to understand how current cultural policies in state integrate this practice. So, it was necessary to show how this activity flourished in Goiânia, through development of its educational methodology, the growing number of local professionals formed, the artistic production in this area and the opening of specific spaces where was possible to experience it over the years. It was observed the organization of this field was necessary to initiate the investment in specialized public schools in Goiânia and other state cities, likewise in public agencies that started to manage how this language should be taught onto educational public systems. It was used, as research sources, documents archives from public and private institutes connected to dance universe in Goiânia and Goiás, documents from public archives in Goiânia, interviews with local professionals, surveys with Goiás dance schools’ former students and selected bibliography about Goiás history and dance history. The sources and selected bibliography analysis show dance, seen in the beginning as a foreigner civilizational element inside a culture with rural roots, was absorbed by society – who built a local habitus through this practice, forming a sociability network with unique forms of relationship. The opening of public specialized dance education institutes allowed more access to this art language; initially aimed at the most deprived people, slowly they began to pass the idea of “public” as meaning “for all”. Even with similar curriculums, these schools were able to spread various possibilities of dancing, thanks to the adoption of different teaching philosophies. Treated as modernizing cultural elements by distinguished governments, they have their pedagogic proposals changed according to the cultural policies proposals by those in power. In the same way, the personal trace found in institute/teacher/student relations contributes to these pedagogic proposals’ fragility, as well as teaching work devaluation and students’ selective processes organization even more exclusives. These schools became modern after their contents were re-significate by their former students.



SCHIFINO, R. B. Na ponta dos pés: notas sobre dança, cultura e políticas públicas em Goiás (1980 - 2018). 2019. 280 f. Tese (Doutorado em História) - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, 2019.