Monday, August 6, 2012


In addition to being a dance teacher I also direct the dance company at Niles West.  This past year was the first year I had to deal with one of my company members using choreography she found on You Tube and claiming it as her own.  Although the lesson plan I put together dealt with plagiarism in terms of a written assignment it made me think about not only academic integrity but also creative integrity.  There really are no rules and regulations in the dance world in terms of choreography.  The more famous you are the more recognizable your work is.  Although stealing choreography most likely would not happen between more well established companies with You Tube it is easily done at the High School level.

1 comment:

  1. Plagiarism can be a real problem in art because students are required to work from references. Students will find a copyrighted image and copy the entire composition, which is comparable to lifting text from an original piece of writing. It's a fine line getting the students to comprehend that they must create work that is original and inventive. Copying master works of art is standard practice in the art world in order to learn how to paint. In a post modern world appropriation is standard practice, which also confuses the students. My bottom line is students must work from what they observe in the "real" world or they must take their own photographs or use a site like Creative Commons to find copy right free images.