Ballroom: Culture and Costumes in Competitive Dance / Edition 1

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Overview

Competitive ballroom is much more than a style of dance. Rather, it is a continually evolving and increasingly global social and cultural arena: of fashion, performance, art, sport, gender and more.

Ballroom explores the intersection of dance cultures, dress and the body. Presenting the author's experiences at an international range of dance events in Europe, the US and UK, as well as featuring the views of individual dancers, the book shows how dancing influences mind and body alike. For students of anthropology, dance, cultural and performance studies, Ballroom provides an ethnographic picture of how dancers and others live their lives both on and off the dance floor.

About the Author:
Jonathan S. Marion is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at California State University, San Marcos and an adjunct faculty member at San Diego State University and at Palomar College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845207991
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Series: Dress, Body, Culture Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan S. Marion is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at California State University, San Marcos and Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology, University of California, San Diego.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations

Prologue 1

Introduction 5

Pt. I Setting the Stage

1 What is Competitive Ballroom Dance? 19

2 A Brief History of Ballroom 31

3 Judging Ballroom Dance 39

Pt. II Performing Dancesport

4 Ballroom as Spectacle 55

5 Ballroom as Art 65

6 Ballroom as Sport 76

Pt. III Ballroom Competitions as Events

7 Competitions as Festival and Celebration 91

8 Competitions as Ritual 104

Pt. IV Costs, Consequences and Outcomes

9 Costumes and Conduct 123

10 Performing Gender 138

11 Living the Dancesport Life 151

12 Conclusion 168

Notes 177

References 189

Index 199

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    THE COAT ROOM

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