April 29, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367362270 - CAT# 326813
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Social Partner Dance: Body, Sound, and Space is an ethnography of social partner dancing built on participant observations and interviews with instructors of tango, salsa, Lindy hop, blues dance, and various other forms. The work establishes a general analytical language for scholars of these ethnic and world music dances, presenting a microcosm that defines the possibilities of partnership both in terms of physical mechanics and social functions and processes. Each chapter begins with a brief vignette on distinct dance forms and explores the focused worlds of partnered dancing done for the joy and entertainment of the dancers themselves. Grounded intellectually in embodiment studies and sensory ethnography, and empirically in ethnographic fieldwork, Social Partner Dance promotes scholarship that understands the social, cultural, and political functions of partner dance through its embodied practice.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Four Branches of Awareness / Chapter 2 Choreohexis: Preparing for Partnership / Chapter 3 The Two-Body System: Positioning, Axis, and Elasticity / Chapter 4 Choreography: Base Elements, Vocabulary, and Basic Steps / Chapter 5 Moving to Music: Social Bodies Entraining / Chapter 6 Floorcraft: Sharing Space / Chapter 7 The Dance Partnership: Leading and Following / Chapter 8 Power Dynamics: Mechanisms of Patriarchy and Resistance / Chapter 9 Conclusion: Social Bodies in Training