From ballroom to dancesport : aesthetics, athletics, and body culture / Caroline Joan S. Picart.

"Drawing on recent media portrayals and her own experience, author and dancer Caroline Joan S. Picart explores ballroom dancing and its more "sporty" equivalent, DanceSport, suggesting that they are reflective of larger social, political, and cultural tensions. The past several years...

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Online Access:Electronic book from EBSCO
Main Author: Picart, Caroline Joan, 1966-
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published:Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2006.
Series:SUNY series on sport, culture, and social relations.
SUNY series in communication studies.
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Summary:"Drawing on recent media portrayals and her own experience, author and dancer Caroline Joan S. Picart explores ballroom dancing and its more "sporty" equivalent, DanceSport, suggesting that they are reflective of larger social, political, and cultural tensions. The past several years have seen a resurgence in the popularity of ballroom dance as well as an increasing international anxiety over how and whether to transform ballroom into an Olympic sport. Writing as a participant-critic, Picart suggests that both are crucial sites where bodies are packaged as racialized, sexualized, nationalized, and classed objects. In addition, Picart argues, as the choreography, costuming, and genre of ballroom and DanceSport continue to evolve, these theatrical productions are aestheticized and constructed to encourage commercial appeal, using the narrative frame of the competitive melodrama to heighten audience interest."--Jacket.
Physical Description:1 online resource (x, 167 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-159) and index.
ISBN:1423755774
9781423755777
9780791482414
0791482413
9780791466308
0791466302
9780791466292
0791466299
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