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The Purchase of Instant Intimacy

Julia A. Ericksen

in Dance With Me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814722664
eISBN:
9780814722855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814722664.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This book explores how ballroom commodifies intimacy by focusing on the complicated ways in which professional and student dancers negotiate their relationships. It considers how the performance of ... 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


The Thrill of Performance and the Agony of Competition

Julia A. Ericksen

in Dance With Me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814722664
eISBN:
9780814722855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814722664.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter examines the ways that ballroom dancers express their connection on the dance floor during competitions as well as the rewards of the hard work that makes these moments possible. To this ... More


The Tan, the Hair, the Makeup: Embracing the Look

Julia A. Ericksen

in Dance With Me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814722664
eISBN:
9780814722855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814722664.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter explores the importance of appearance in ballroom dancing, and especially in the portrayal of intimacy and connection between the partners. It shows that ballroom dancers put a great ... More


Taking the Lead: The Male Dancer

Julia A. Ericksen

in Dance With Me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814722664
eISBN:
9780814722855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814722664.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter explores how male ballroom dancers develop a dancing identity and learn to mesh it with their sense of masculinity. More specifically, it examines how male dancers learn to create the ... More


Dance With Me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy

Julia A. Ericksen

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814722664
eISBN:
9780814722855
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814722664.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Rumba music starts and a floor full of dancers alternate clinging to one another and turning away. Rumba is an erotic dance, and the mood is hot and heavy; the women bend and hyperextend their legs ... More


Interlude

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/9780252039010.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Dance

In this interlude, the author talks about some of her fellow ballroom dancers at the Regent Ballroom and Banquet Center. She begins with Tony and Sarah, one of the many “empty-nester” couples who ... More


The Music Hasn’t Stopped: The Aging Dancer

Julia A. Ericksen

in Dance With Me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814722664
eISBN:
9780814722855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814722664.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter explores the challenges faced by aging ballroom dancers. While many amateurs discover the joys of partner dancing in their later years, professional dancers face a relentless emphasis on ... More


Beyond the Glamour: The Female Dancer

Julia A. Ericksen

in Dance With Me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814722664
eISBN:
9780814722855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814722664.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter explores the issues faced by women learning to dance, when the desire for glamour—in the form of sexiness—supersedes the desire for dance. It considers the female ballroom dancers' shift ... More


Feeling the Dance, Showing the Magic

Julia A. Ericksen

in Dance With Me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814722664
eISBN:
9780814722855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814722664.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter examines how dancers work at their emotions on the dance floor in order to create and portray a connection with a partner. To elucidate the emotional connection, especially authentic ... More


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