Date of Award

8-2020

Degree Type

Education Specialist

Degree Name

Education Specialist

Department

Education, Leadership and Public Service

Program

Other

Program

Education Specialist

First Advisor/Chairperson

Dr. Bethney Bergh

Abstract

ABSTRACT

THE FEMALE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE IN PRE-PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BALLET

By

Jill Grundstrom

The purpose of this qualitative, narrative research study was to explore the experiences of current female leaders in pre-professional and professional ballet. These stories often remain untold, as leadership in ballet has been largely male-dominated. The study examined the stories of four female leaders in ballet, including their journey to leadership, leadership philosophy and protocol, and thoughts regarding the future of female leadership in ballet. This study collected data using in-person, phone, and email interviews. The collected data was analyzed and coded for themes and conclusions using deductive and inductive approaches.

From the data, four conclusions emerged. First, it was determined that a particular training was common among the participants and directly influenced their career development. Second, similar female leadership philosophies, qualities and traits were recognized, indicating that a successful leadership protocol could be identified from the data. Third, extensive leadership responsibilities were prevalent in each participant’s story. Fourth, the significance of mentorship was acknowledged; the participants both having and being strong mentors.

Access Type

Open Access

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