- 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
Dorothy Arzner’s 1940 film Dance, Girl, Dance has been embraced within feminist film criticism as a stunning demonstration and critique of the “male gaze” so typical in classical Hollywood cinema. Tracing the lives and careers of two dancers, scholars argue, the film privileges strong female characters and women’s relationships with one another over heterosexual romance. Yet this essay argues that Dance, Girl, Dance is as much a film about the evolution of American dance in the twentieth century as it is about looking at women’s friendships. Juxtaposing Bubbles’s risqué burlesque routines and Judy’s sentimental divertissements with extended sequences of “modern” ballet, Dance, Girl, Dance grafts contemporary debates about the future of American dance and the meaning of American modernism onto the bodies of Bubbles, Judy, and their fellow dancers.
Mary Simonson is Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies and Women’s Studies at Colgate University. Her research focuses on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century opera and dance, film music, and dance on screen. Her work has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Women & Music, and several edited collections. Her book Body Knowledge: Performance, Intermediality, and American Entertainment, 1907-1917 is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Mary Simonson is Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies and Women’s Studies at Colgate University.
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