Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Education & Arts

First Advisor

Dr Maggi Phillips


With the international dance community becoming increasingly globalised, how do Western European perceptions of folk/ traditional dance pervade and shape the field of dance? This paper will discuss Western European perspectives towards traditional and folk dance and investigate the origins of such perspectives, if they do indeed exist. In doing so the reasoning of Western European perspectives will be examined, considered and questioned alongside that of non-Western European perspectives. The thesis is compiled from a wide range of textual sources that explore Western European world views in relation to non-Western European perspectives to argue that such perspectives do, to a large extent, shape and pervade the wider field of dance.

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