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date: 03 August 2020

(p. xv) Acknowledgments

(p. xv) Acknowledgments

The opportunity to thank a range of wonderful individuals is perhaps my favorite moment in bringing a book project to a close. First I must thank Norm Hirschy, Senior Editor at Oxford University Press, whose enthusiasm and expertise have been generous in equal measure at each stage of publication. Indeed, his energetic embrace of dance publishing overall has ensured that we are a visible and robust field of study. I have also deeply appreciated my regular interactions with Editorial Assistant Lauralee Yeary, whose patience, knowledge, and good cheer have been extremely helpful in guiding me through various publishing technicalities. I would like to acknowledge the support of Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, and specifically Dean Robert Stroker, who generously granted me course release, which enabled completion of the book in a timely manner. Further thanks must go to the Dance Department at Temple University, where I was able to work with two outstanding students in support of this project. Cindy Paul, an undergraduate BFA Dance major, kindly volunteered to assist during the summer break and I must thank her for all of the facts and figures about dance competition that she uncovered. A huge debt of gratitude goes to PhD Dance student Elizabeth Bergman, who worked as a Research Assistant over the past year. I cannot thank her enough for her sharp attention to detail and charming communications as she took care of all of the citations and bibliographic referencing. It was a pleasure to share an obsessive desire to make everything as perfect as possible, and I would have seriously struggled without her. She is a jewel. I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with such a diverse range of bright and committed authors whose thinking on competition has certainly shaped mine. I appreciate the care and insight that they have brought to this collective work. And I particularly want to thank Susan Leigh Foster, who willingly agreed to write the Afterword, and cheerfully thanked me, even when I dropped all twenty-seven chapters in her in-box just before the winter break. Finally, I want to thank my lovely family, James, Billy, and Dylan, who find me skipping out to do research at all kinds of anti-social hours or staring at my computer screen for a little longer than they might like. Thank you for helping me do what I love. (p. xvi)