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Dancing Across Borders The American Fascination with Exotic Dance Forms

ISBN-10: 0786437847
ISBN-13: 9780786437849
Edition: 2008
Authors: Anthony Shay
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Description: This study describes and analyzes the phenomenal popularity of exotic dance forms among mainstream Americans. Throughout the twentieth century and especially since 1950, millions of Americans have begun learning and performing various Balkan dances,  More...

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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 4/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 231
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

This study describes and analyzes the phenomenal popularity of exotic dance forms among mainstream Americans. Throughout the twentieth century and especially since 1950, millions of Americans have begun learning and performing various Balkan dances, the tango, and other Latin American dances, along with the classical dances of India, Japan, and Indonesia. While most previous studies in dance ethnography and anthropology have focused specifically on "dancing in the field," or the dancing that native dancers do in their own environments, this study turns the tables to examine the ways in which ethnic dancing has allowed many Americans to create more exciting and romantic identities through dancing the dances of the "exotic other," if only within the framed moment of a one-time dance lesson or performance. Throughout the work, the author describes the uniquely American enthusiasm for learning exotic dances, describing specific deficiencies in the U.S. cultural identity that have led many people to seek new or alternative identities through the various exotic dance genres.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Gateways
"I Nearly Swooned": Empowering Encounters of the Exotic Kind
The Early Exotic Dancers
The Recreational International Folk Dance Movement
Ethnomusicology and Dance Ethnology
Genres
Kolomania: Balkan Dance as American Expression
Belly Dance: Embodied Orientalism
Classical Asian Dance: The Arduous Journey
Latin American Dances: Sin and Sex Made Safe
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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