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Who makes new dances? The dance profession and the evolution of style

Allison Abra

in Dancing in the English Style: Consumption, Americanisation and National Identity in Britain, 1918-50

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781784994334
eISBN:
9781526128218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784994334.003.0003
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter describes the standardisation of the English style of ballroom dance and the professionalisation of the dance community, showing that these processes were inextricably connected. The ... More


The Classification of Style

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/9780252039010.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter introduces the reader to to the tenets of ballroom dance by focusing on the various classificatory systems used in social dances. It begins with a discussion of the “ballroom umbrella” ... More


Performing Race, Remaking Whiteness

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/9780252039010.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter explores the intersection between race and ballroom dance by focusing on the racial stereotypes encoded within Standard and Latin genres. More specifically, it considers more tacit ... 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


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


“The Eclipse”: Ballroom Dancing, Bodily Code-Switching, and the Harlem Renaissance

Danielle Robinson

in Modern Moves: Dancing Race during the Ragtime and Jazz Eras

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199779215
eISBN:
9780199379866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779215.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Dance, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Chapter four examines the social practice of nineteenth-century European American ballroom dancing among early twentieth-century elite African Americans, through Harlem WPA reports and articles in a ... More


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


Bringing Coherence to the Sensuous Life: Connection and Partnership among Social Dancers

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/9780252039010.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter explores the nature of partnership and connection in ballroom dance as well as the convention of leading and following. In particular, it explains how ballroom dance provides an ... 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


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


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


Introduction: Entering the World of Ballroom

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/9780814722664.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This book explores dancing and the fascination it holds for participants, with particular emphasis on the relational aspects of ballroom. Drawing on interviews with all types of dancers—competition ... More


The Economics of Ballroom

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/9780814722664.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter examines the economics of ballroom dancing, and in particular the explicit connection between intimacy and commerce. It first considers the economic underpinnings of dance competitions ... 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


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


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


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/9780252039010.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance

In this interlude, the author describes the events of a typical Friday night social dance at the Regent Ballroom and Banquet Center by sharing her own experience. She narrates how dancers greet each ... 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


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


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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