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Ballet is excluded from dance school auditions because it is 'built around White European Ideas'

Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) in Britain because it is 'built around white European ideas' and is too 'gendered.'

The school has taken ballet out of its audition process because it could be "controversial." This is what The Telegraph says.

"It is basically a form for the elite. In general, young people have to pay to take ballet classes, and a huge number of potential students haven't had access to ballet, said Francesca McCarthy, the head of undergraduate studies at the dance school, in comments to a newspaper that was thought to be on the right.

She said, "It is a very specific form based on certain white European ideas and body shapes that are often off-putting to young people who don't fit that aesthetic ideal."

"There are problems with the body, money, language, and the way people move."

McCarthy also said that ballet "has strong gendered roots in terms of the movement vocabulary," citing the fact that "most of [the NSCD's] ballet staff were trained at a time when divisions in teaching ballet were clear and men lifted women."

She agreed that there had been "a shift" over time, but she insisted that the status quo is "still problematic" when it comes to including trans and non-binary dancers.

Gendered language is also said to be a problem in ballet. The Telegraph pointed out that there is a clear difference between female ballerinas and male danseurs in ballet, which worries some people.

The NSCD seems to be very concerned about implicit gender roles and gendered language. McCarthy said that gender-neutral words like "dancers," "people," "folk," "everyone," and "everybody" are encouraged, and efforts are made to "try to embed the use of they in pronouns so that we don't make assumptions about a dancer's identity."

This kind of "woke" language policing is common in British schools. Just a few days ago, Breitbart London reported that the University of Bristol had banned "gendered" and "age-related" words that could be offensive, such as "mankind" and "baby boomer."


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