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Social Partner Dance

Body, Sound, and Space, 1st Edition

By David Kaminsky


256 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367362270
pub: 2020-04-29
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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

David Kaminsky is Associate Professor of Global Arts Studies at the University of California, Merced.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / Ballroom