Dancing with Advisors: The Co-cultural Experience of a Collegiate Religious Dance Group

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Dr. Isolde Anderson, Hope College

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Previous organizational analyses have focused principally on organizations in the business world. This study gathered ethnographic data of Sacred Dance, a Hope College organization, by observing organization meetings and rehearsals, leadership meetings, and interviews with participants of the organization. This analysis focuses on the culture of a college organization that has strong values of community and Christianity. Differences in group behavior between the presence and absence of a faculty advisor are examined for their impacts on the group’s culture. Examining the effect of faculty advisors on group culture can aid future collegiate organizations by identifying potential hurdles they may have to conquer. This study also provides a model for performing an organizational analysis in the new arena of collegiate organizations.

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