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Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland

Joanna Bosse

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039010
eISBN:
9780252096983
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039010.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

This book explores the transformations undergone by the residents of a Midwestern town when they step out on the dance floor for the very first time. The book uses sensitive fieldwork as well as the ... More


Introduction: Becoming Beautiful

Joanna Bosse

in Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039010
eISBN:
9780252096983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039010.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

This book examines the transformative potential of ballroom dance, and especially how it can make anyone become beautiful. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork with a local community of amateur ballroom ... More


Joy, Flow, and Personal Transformation

Joanna Bosse

in Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039010
eISBN:
9780252096983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039010.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter locates ballroom dance's transformative potential in the affective experience of synchronized performance, with particular emphasis on how it brings pleasure and feeling of well-being to ... More


Rules of Engagement: Marketing Safety and Managing Risk in the Ballroom

Joanna Bosse

in Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039010
eISBN:
9780252096983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039010.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter examines the “rules for engagement” in ballroom dancing by following the trajectory of individuals as they enter the dance hall for the very first time and eventually become good ... More


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