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Affect-ive moves: Space, Violence, and the Body in ’s Krump Dancing  

Stephanie L. Batiste

Print publication date:
Aug 2014
Online publication date:
Oct 2014
Subject:
Music, Dance
This chapter argues that the African American dance practice of krumping editorialized in the 2005 David LaChapelle film RIZE defines a space of home as a system of feeling in early ... More

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

Paul A. Scolieri

Print publication date:
Jul 2016
Online publication date:
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

Print publication date:
Jul 2016
Online publication date:
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

Appreciation, Appropriation, Assimilation: and the Hollywood History of Black Dance  

Susie Trenka

Print publication date:
Aug 2014
Online publication date:
Oct 2014
Subject:
Music, Dance
The black-cast backstage musical Stormy Weather (1943) is the first Hollywood film to explicitly celebrate black achievement. Featuring key figures of African American dance and more black ... More

An Australian in Paris: Techno-Choreographic Bohemianism in  

Clare Parfitt-Brown

Print publication date:
Aug 2014
Online publication date:
Oct 2014
Subject:
Music, Dance
Reviewers of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! (2001) often claimed to be bombarded, overloaded, or pathologically infected by the film’s rapid-fire imagery and eclectic cultural references. ... More

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

Jessica Ray Herzogenrath

Print publication date:
Jul 2016
Online publication date:
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

Print publication date:
Jul 2016
Online publication date:
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

Ballet Bawdies and Dancing Ducks: Jewish Swans of the Silver Screen  

Hannah Schwadron

Online publication date:
Jan 2017
Subject:
Music, Dance
This article examines the dancing joke-work of Jewish film stars as ballet swans in Be Yourself and Funny Girl. It shows how the joke of the Jewish swan queers white heterosexual ... More

Behind the Screens: Race, Space, and Place in  

Sima Belmar

Print publication date:
Aug 2016
Online publication date:
Jun 2016
Subject:
Music, Dance
This chapter seeks to recuperate the dance legacies in Saturday Night Fever (1977) through a choreographic and cinematographic analysis of the film’s dance sequences. The ways the camera ... More

The Best Dance Is the Way People Die in Movies (or Gestures Toward a New Definition of “Screendance”)  

Roger Copeland

Print publication date:
Aug 2016
Online publication date:
Jun 2016
Subject:
Music, Dance
On screen, inanimate objects can be made to “dance” as surely as human dancers can be reduced to the status of objects. This is one way screendance redefines dance and establishes its ... More

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