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“An Interesting Experiment in Eugenics”: Ted Shawn, American Dance, and the Discourses of Sex, Race, and Ethnicity  

Paul A. Scolieri

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Jun 2016
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Oct 2013
The “ethnic dance” movement in the United States is closely associated with Ted Shawn, the “Father of American Dance” (1891–1972). Shawn and his wife and dancing partner, Ruth St. Denis, ... More

“And I Make My Own”: Class Performance, Black Urban Identity, and Depression-Era Harlem’s Physical Culture  

Christopher J. Wells

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Jun 2016
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Oct 2014
This chapter applies spatial practice theory to the intersections of power relations, social spaces, and embodied performance in the dance culture of Great Depression-era Harlem. Tracing ... More

Authenticity and Ethnicity: Folk Dance, Americanization, and the Immigrant Body in the Early Twentieth Century  

Jessica Ray Herzogenrath

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Jun 2016
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Jan 2013
During the Progressive Era, settlement workers attempted to regulate dance both within and outside settlement house walls as a method to instill proper “American” body behaviors, ... More

Ballet and Whiteness: Will Ballet Forever Be the Kingdom of the Pale?  

Jennifer Fisher

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Jun 2016
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Mar 2014
This chapter examines the history and practice of skin color prejudices in the ballet world, especially as they relate to conceptions of “whiteness.” The ethnic roots of ballet ... More

Beyond Colonization, Commodification, and Reclamation: Hula and Hawaiian Identity  

Christine Emi Chan

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Jun 2016
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Nov 2015
The Hawaiian Islands have long been characterized as a place of romance, mystery, and exotic cultural experiences. Since the 18th century arrival of Europeans, this view of Hawaii has been ... More

Black Erased: The Tango de Negros in Spain’s Romantic Age  

Kathy M. Milazzo

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Jun 2016
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Dec 2013
One of flamenco’s many palos, or forms, is the tango, which was transported as the tango de negros or tangos de Americas from Cuba to Spain in the mid-nineteenth century. There, it was ... More

Choreographing Interculturalism: International Dance Performance at the American Museum of Natural History, 1943–1952  

Rebekah J. Kowal

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Jun 2016
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Apr 2014
This chapter unpacks the contradictory cultural politics surrounding the American Museum of Natural History’s popular midcentury dance program, Around the World with Dance and Song. ... More

Crossing the Seas of Southeast Asia: Indigenous Diasporic Islam and Performances of Women’s Igal  

Diyah Larasati

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Jun 2016
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Mar 2014
This chapter rearticulates the study of female citizenship and the transmission of dance among the Islamic communities of the Sama and Bajau of Southeast Asia. The research examines how ... More

Dancecapes of Dionysus: From Kali Vrisi (Northern Greece) to the Olympics  

Christos Papakostas

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Jun 2016
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Dec 2015
This paper aims to study dance and its relation to the construction and the negotiation of cultural identity of the ethnic group of locals (dopioi) in the community of Kali Vrysi in the ... More

Dancing Angels and Princesses: The Invention of an Ideal Female National Dancer in Twentieth-Century Iran  

Ida Meftahi

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Jun 2016
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Apr 2014
Linking twentieth-century discourse on dance to the staged body, this chapter presents a genealogy of Iranian “national dance” (raqs-i milli) in light of the biopolitics of the ... More

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