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Dance with Me : Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy - Julia A. Ericksen

Dance with Me

Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2011
ISBN: 9780814722664
Number Of Pages: 294

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Rumba music starts and a floor full of dancers alternate clinging to one another and turning away. Rumba is an erotic dance, and the mood is hot and heavy; the women bend and hyperextend their legs as they twist and turn around their partners. Amateur and professional ballroom dancers alike compete in a highly gendered display of intimacy, romance and sexual passion.

In Dance With Me, Julia Ericksen, a competitive ballroom dancer herself, takes the reader onto the competition floor and into the lights and the glamour of a world of tanned bodies and glittering attire, exploring the allure of this hyper-competitive, difficult, and often expensive activity. In a vivid ethnography accompanied by beautiful photographs of all levels of dancers, from the world&;s top competitors to social dancers, Ericksen examines the ways emotional labor is used to create intimacy between professional partners and between professionals and their students, illustrating how dancers purchase intimacy. She shows that, while at first glance, ballroom presents a highly gendered face with men leading and women following, dancing also transgresses gender.

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"This exciting book invites us all into the wonders of ballroom dancing. A rewarding read!" Helena Wulff, author of Dancing at the Crossroads

Preface: The Passionp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction to Photographing Emotionp. 1
Introduction: Entering the World of Ballroomp. 6
The Purchase of Instant Intimacyp. 20
The Thrill of Performance and the Agony of Competitionp. 46
The Economics of Ballroomp. 71
Feeling the Dance, Showing the Magicp. 98
The Tan, the Hair, the Makeup: Embracing the Lookp. 125
Taking the Lead: The Male Dancerp. 150
Beyond the Glamour: The Female Dancerp. 175
The Music HasnÆt Stopped: The Aging Dancerp. 202
Connection Is Keyp. 221
Glossaryp. 231
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 275
About the Authorp. 279
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ISBN: 9780814722664
ISBN-10: 0814722660
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 294
Published: 1st November 2011
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.62

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