Dancing Across Borders: The American Fascination with Exotic Dance Forms

Dancing Across Borders: The American Fascination with Exotic Dance Forms

by Anthony Shay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786437847

ISBN-13: 9780786437849

Pub. Date: 04/29/2008

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

This study describes and analyzes the phenomenal popularity of exotic dance forms in America. Throughout the twentieth century and especially since 1950, millions have begun learning and performing various Balkan dances, the tango, and other Latin American dances, along with the classical dances of India, Japan, and Indonesia.

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Overview

This study describes and analyzes the phenomenal popularity of exotic dance forms in America. Throughout the twentieth century and especially since 1950, millions have begun learning and performing various Balkan dances, the tango, and other Latin American dances, along with the classical dances of India, Japan, and Indonesia.

Most studies in dance ethnography and anthropology have focused specifically on "dancing in the field," or the dancing that native dancers do. This study, by contrast, examines the ways in which ethnic dancing has allowed many Americans to create more exciting, "exotic" and romantic identities. The author describes the uniquely American enthusiasm for exotic dances, and cites specific deficiencies in the U.S. cultural identity that have led many people to seek new feelings and experiences through exotic dance genres.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786437849
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
231
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     1
Introduction     5
Gateways
"I Nearly Swooned": Empowering Encounters of the Exotic Kind     41
The Early Exotic Dancers     53
The Recreational International Folk Dance Movement     73
Ethnomusicology and Dance Ethnology     92
Genres
Kolomania: Balkan Dance as American Expression     109
Belly Dance: Embodied Orientalism     124
Classical Asian Dance: The Arduous Journey     148
Latin American Dances: Sin and Sex Made Safe     169
Conclusion     192
Notes     199
Bibliography     205
Index     215

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