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With the popularity of such reality TV shows as So You Think You Can Dance, dance has become increasingly visible within contemporary culture. This shift brings the ballet body into renewed focus. Historically both celebrated and critiqued for its thin, flexible, and highly feminized aesthetic, the ballet body now takes on new and complex meanings at the intersections of performance art, popular culture, and even fitness. The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body provides a local perspective to enrich the broader cultural narratives of ballet through historical, socio-cultural, political, and artistic lenses, redefining what many considered to be "high art." Scholars in gender studies, folklore, popular culture, and cultural studies will be interested in this collection, as well as those involved in the dance world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772123340
Publisher: University of Alberta Press
Publication date: 02/05/2018
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

A dancer and instructor, Pirkko Markula is Professor of socio-cultural studies of physical activity at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Marianne I. Clark, a dancer and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, studies socio-cultural aspects of physical activity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Preface xi

Introduction Pirkko Markula Marianne I. Clark xv

I Ballet in the Contemporary Media

1 Reading the Ballet Body in Children's Fiction Kate Z. Daiues 3

2 So You Think You Can Dance: The Feminine Ballet Body in a Popular Reality Show Pirkko Markula 27

3 Ballet-Inspired Workouts: Intersections of Ballet and Fitness Pirkko Markula Marianne I. Clark 49

II Lived Experiences of Ballet in Contemporary Culture

4 Multiple Bodies: In the Studio with Adolescent Ballet Dancers Marianne I. Clark 77

5 "Moving for Pleasure": The Positive Experiences of Ballet Dancers Moving into Recreational Contemporary Dance Carolyn Millar 101

6 At the Barre: Ethical Training for Beginner Ballet Class Jodie Vandefoerkhove 127

7 Ballet for All Bodies?: Tensions in Teaching Ballet Technique within an Integrated Dance Context Kelsie Acton Lindsay Eales 151

Conclusion Pirkko Markula Marianne I. Clark 171

Contributors 179

Index 181

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