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The Routledge Dance Studies Reader

3rd Edition

Edited by Jens Richard Giersdorf, Yutian Wong


488 pages

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The Routledge Dance Studies Reader has been expanded and updated, giving readers access to thirty-seven essential texts that address the social, political, cultural, and economic impact of globalization on embodiment and choreography. 

These interdisciplinary essays in dance scholarship consider a broad range of dance forms in relation to historical, ethnographic, and interdisciplinary research methods including cultural studies, reconstruction, media studies, and popular culture.

This new third edition expands both its geographic and cultural focus to include recent research on dance from Southeast Asia, the People’s Republic of China, indigenous dance, and new sections on market forces and mediatization.

Sections cover:

  • Methods and approaches
  • Practice and performance
  • Dance as embodied ideology
  • Dance on the market and in the media
  • Formations of the field.

The Routledge Dance Studies Reader includes essays on concert dance (ballet, modern and postmodern dance, tap, kathak, and classical khmer dance), popular dance (salsa and hip-hop), site-specific performance, digital choreography, and lecture-performances. It is a vital resource for anyone interested in understanding dance from a global and contemporary perspective.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

1 Introduction

Yutian Wong and Jens Richard Giersdorf

Part I: Methods and Approaches

2 Dance History Source Materials

June Layson

3 Shifting Perspectives on Dance Ethnography

Theresa Jill Buckland

4 Dance Studies/Cultural Studies

Gay Morris

5 Dance and Gender: Formalism and Semiotics Reconsidered

Stephanie Jordan and Helen Thomas

6 An Introduction to Dance Analysis

Janet Adshead-Lansdale

7 At Home in the World? The Bharatanatyam Dancer As Transnational Interpreter

Janet O’Shea

8 Differentiating Phenomenology and Dance

Philippa Rothfield

9 Epilogue to an Epilogue: Historicizing the re- in Dance Reenactment

Mark Franko

Part II: Practice and Performance

10 Grasping Practice: Reflections on Practices of Knowing and Researching in Dance Education

Yvonne Hardt

11 I am a Dancer

Martha Graham

12 Reworking the Ballet: Stillness and Queerness in Swan Lake, 4 Acts

Vida Midgelow

13 Getting off the Orient Express

Shobana Jeyasingh

14 Hips, hip-notism, hip(g)nosis: The Mulata Performances of Ninon Sevilla

Melissa Blanco Borelli

15 Cabbages and Kings: Disability, Dance, and Some Timely Considerations

Adam Benjamin

16 Improvised Dance in the Reconstruction of THEM

Danielle Goldman

17 Staging Choreomusical Research

Stephanie Schroedter

18 Working Out Contemporaneity: Dance and Post-Fordism

Bojana Kunst

Part III: Dance as Embodied Ideology

19 In Pursuit of the Sylph: Ballet in the Romantic Period

Deborah Jowitt

20 Nijinsky: Modernism and Heterodox Representations of Masculinity

Ramsay Burt

21 From Interculturalism to Historicism: Reflections on Classical Indian Dance (2000/1)

Pallabi Chakravoty

22 Race in Motion: Modern Dance, Negro Dance, and Katherine Dunham

Susan Manning

23 Have They a Right?: Nineteenth-Century Indian Dance Practices and Federal Policy

Jacqueline Shea Murphy

24 Mediating Cambodian History, the Sacred, and the Earth

Toni Shapiro-Phim

25 Choreographing a Flexible Taiwan: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and Taiwan’s Changing Identity

Yatin Lin

26 Dancing Salsa Wrong in Los Angeles

Cindy García

27 Identity Politics and Political Will: Jeni LeGon and Living in a Great Big Way

Nadine George-Graves

Part IV: Dance on the Market and in the Media

28 Beyoncé, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and Choreographic Property

Anthea Kraut

29 "Selling Out" Post-Mao: Dance, Labor, and the Ethics of Fulfillment in Reform Era China

Emily Wilcox

30 So You Think You are Masculine? Dance Reality Television, Spectatorship, and Gender Nonconformity

Mark Broomfield

31 Wii Will Become Silhouettes . . .

Derek A. Burrill

32 "Complex Temporalities": Digitality and Emphemeral Tense in Adam H. Weinert’s "The Reaccession of Ted Shawn"

Harmony Bench

Part V: Formations of the Field

33 Choreographing History

Susan Foster

34 Worlding Dance and Dancing out There in the World

Marta Elena Savigliano

35 Slamdancing with the Boundaries of Theory and Practice: The Legitimization of Popular Dance

Sherril Dodds

36 "This must be one of these performances where science meets the arts": Lecure Performance as Contemporary Dance

Maaike Bleeker

37 Dance Studies in the International Academy: Genealogy of a Disciplinary Formation

Jens Richard Giersdorf



About the Editors

Jens Richard Giersdorf is Professor of Dance Studies at Marymount Manhattan College, USA, and Vice President of Publication and Research for the Dance Studies Association. He is the author of The Body of the People: East German Dance since 1945 (2013) and co-editor of Choreographies of 21st Century Wars (2016) and the special issue of Dance Research Journal on Randy Martin (2017).

Yutian Wong is an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at San Francisco State University, USA. She is the author of Choreographing Asian America (2010), editor of Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance (2016), and has published in Discourses in Dance and the Dance Research Journal.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General