Gender, music and dance – Luiz Naveda

“Gender, dance and music”
(Undergraduate research project)

Presentation at ESCOM 2017! July 2017
“Evaluation of associations between gender and dance/music movements “

Lívia Itaborahy
School of Music State University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dr. Luiz Naveda
Post-graduate program in Arts State University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Stereotypes or social roles are embedded in social constructions in the same way that music and dance or any other cultural practice become entangled in the cultural fabric of societies. Although the scientific method leads us to an analytical view that dismounts each dimension of the cultural experience into parts, a part of the experiences is only properly understood by the observation of the whole of cultural life in society. The idea of ​​gender seems to be one of those complexes with multiple ramifications that must also be understood by its network of cultural objects. Stereotypes, music, or gender roles influence each other, infect and overlap each other in a process that affects the design of these objects that are hidden in the complex process of culture and the meanings of the body. How do gender stereotypes adhere to our cultural life? In this article we will try to identify how the genre is perceived in the patterns of dance movements and in what way these perceptions are associated with the codes of music and culture. For this we used a sequence of 14 representations of moving dancers accompanied by music, which were evaluated by 28 subjects. These assessments indicated an ability to identify gender, nuances differs between groups of subjects and dancers, in addition to an assessment of what parts of the body influenced the assessments more. The results show that the musical movement in dance is able to represent information about the definition of gender, especially in the case of male dancers.


​The aim of the study is to identify how gender is perceived in the patterns of dance movements.


Examples of dances evaluated:

Evaluation of gender association in dance movements.