3rd Edition

The Routledge Dance Studies Reader

Edited By Jens Richard Giersdorf, Yutian Wong Copyright 2019
    506 Pages
    by Routledge

    506 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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





    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.