Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry

Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry

by Juliet McMains
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819567744

ISBN-13: 9780819567741

Pub. Date: 11/17/2006

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

In the wake of the blockbuster television success of “Dancing with the Stars,” competitive ballroom dance has become a subject of new fascination—and renewed scrutiny. Known by its practitioners as DanceSport, ballroom is a significant dance form and a fascinating cultural phenomenon. In this first in-depth study of the sport, dancer and dance…  See more details below

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In the wake of the blockbuster television success of “Dancing with the Stars,” competitive ballroom dance has become a subject of new fascination—and renewed scrutiny. Known by its practitioners as DanceSport, ballroom is a significant dance form and a fascinating cultural phenomenon. In this first in-depth study of the sport, dancer and dance historian Juliet McMains explores the “Glamour Machine” that drives the thriving industry, delving into both the pleasures and perils of its seductions. She further explores the broader social issues invoked in American DanceSport: representation of “Latin,” economics that often foster inequality, and issues of identity, including gender, race, class, and sexuality.

Putting ballroom dance in the larger contexts of culture and history, Glamour Addiction makes an important contribution to dance studies, while giving new and veteran enthusiasts a unique and unprecedented glimpse behind the scenes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819567741
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
11/17/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

LIST of ILLUSTRATIONS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PREFACE
The Glamour Machine
Representations of Social Dance: A Genealogy of Improvisation
Brownface: Representations of Latinness in Latin Dance
Exceeding the Limits of Competition: Innovations in Theatrical Ballroom DANCE
Notes
References
BIBLIOGRAPHY

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