- 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
This chapter examines dance and gender issues in western musical films in the United States during the Cold War. It explains that most musical films during this period focused on iconic figures of American identity, especially the cowboy and the frontiersman. The chapter utilizes Victor Turner’s theory of social drama to illuminate the ways that musicals functioned within the context of the Cold War. It reviews some of the most popular works, including Annie Get Your Gun, Calamity Jane, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. This chapter suggests that western musical films reinforced the dominant patriarchal social values regarding gender and family and that the expression of improvisational ingenuity reinforced the gender dichotomy.
Kathaleen Boche is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Florida State University. Awarded the Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship for spring 2013, her research examines nationalism in concert dance, Broadway, and Hollywood musicals from the mid-1930s through the 1950s. Kathaleen holds an MA in American Dance Studies from Florida State University, as well as a BFA in Dance and a BA in Honors Liberal Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Kathaleen Boche is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Florida State University.
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