- The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen
- List of Contributors
- About the Companion Website
- Introduction: Dance on Screen
- An Australian in Paris: Techno-Choreographic Bohemianism in Moulin Rouge!
- A Different Kind of Ballet: Rereading Dorothy Arzner’s Dance, Girl, Dance
- Communities of Practice: Active and Affective Viewing of Early Social Dance on the Popular Screen
- Disciplining <i>Black Swan</i>, Animalizing Ambition
- Gene Kelly: The Original, Updated
- Appreciation, Appropriation, Assimilation: Stormy Weather and the Hollywood History of Black Dance
- Hip-Hop in Hollywood: Encounter, Community, Resistance
- Dirty Dancing: Dance, Class, and Race in the Pursuit of Womanhood
- Displace and be Queen: Gender and Interculturalism in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
- “It’s Sort of ‘Members Only’”: Transgression and Body Politics in Save the Last Dance
- “The White Girl in the Middle”: The Performativity of Race, Class, and Gender in Step Up 2: the Streets
- Affect-ive moves: Space, Violence, and the Body in Rize’s Krump Dancing
- A Taste of Honey: Choreographing Mulatta in the Hollywood Dance Film
- “He’s Doing His Superman Thing Again”: Moving Bodies in the Matrix
- Girl Power, Real Politics: Dis/Respectability, Post-Raciality, and the Politics of Inclusion
- Denaturalizing Coco’s “Sexy” Hips: Contradictions and Reversals of the Dancing Body of a Chinese American superstar in Mandarin Pop
- Single Ladies, Plural: Racism, Scandal, and “Authenticity” Within the Multiplication and Circulation of Online Dance Discourses
- The Dance Factor: Hip-Hop, Spectacle, and Reality Television
- Defining Dance, Creating Commodity: The Rhetoric of So you Think You Can Dance
- Hatchets and Hairbrushes: Dance, Gender, and Improvisational Ingenuity in Cold War Western Musicals
- Some Dance Scenes From Cuban Cinema, 1959–2012
- “Shine Your Light on the World”: The Utopian Bodies of Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
- Of Snake Dances, Overseas Brides, and Miss World Pageants: Frolicking Through Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice
- Monstrous Belonging: Performing “Thriller” After 9/11
- Dancing “Between the Break Beats”: Contemporary Indigenous Thought and Cultural Expression through Hip-Hop
- Dancing with Myself: Dance Central, Choreography, and Embodiment
- Values in Motion: Reflections on Popular Screen Dance
Abstract and Keywords
In 2004, comedian Dave Chappelle brought residents of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and New York City together in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for a hip-hop block party featuring a roster of socially engaged rap and neo-soul artists. This chapter argues that the 2006 film of the concert, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, directed by Michel Gondry, endeavors to construct a utopian community centered on the birthplace of hip-hop. Employing dance studies methodologies to examine a non-dance event, this article attends to the choreography of the block, the party attendees and performers, and their spontaneous solo and group gestures and movements at the block party. Such an approach emphasizes the corporeality of the concert performers and attendees and allows an examination of their bodily signification in terms of race, gender, ideology, power, and ultimately the nation.
Rosemary Candelario is Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University, where she teaches courses in Dance Studies and writing. She is working on a book on the dancers Eiko & Koma, tentatively titled Choreographing Space in Asian America. Other research interests include butoh, site dance, and arts activism. Rosemary’s publications appear in the Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training and Asian Theatre Journal. She holds a PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA. Rosemary Candelario is Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University.
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