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.