Culture and Costume in Competitive Dance
Competitive ballroom is much more than a style of dance. Rather, it is a continually evolving and increasingly global social and cultural arena: of fashion, performance, art, sport, gender and more.
Ballroom explores the intersection of dance cultures, dress and the body. Presenting the author's experiences at an international range of dance events in Europe, the US and UK, as well as featuring the views of individual dancers, the book shows how dancing influences mind and body alike. For students of anthropology, dance, cultural and performance studies, Ballroom provides an ethnographic picture of how dancers and others live their lives both on and off the dance floor.
Jonathan S. Marion is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at California State University, San Marcos and an adjunct faculty member at San Diego State University and at Palomar College.
Part 1: Setting the Stage
Chapter 1: What is Competitive Ballroom Dance?
Chapter 2: A Brief History of Ballroom
Chapter 3: Judging Ballroom Dance
Part 2: Performing Dancesport
Chapter 4: Ballroom as Spectacle
Chapter 5: Ballroom as Art
Chapter 6: Ballroom as Sport
Part 3: Ballroom Competitions as Events
Chapter 7: Competitions as Festival and Celebration
Chapter 8: Competitions as Ritual
Part 4: Costs, Consequences, and Outcomes
Chapter 9: Costumes and Conduct
Chapter 10: Performing Gender
Chapter 11: Living the Dancesport Life
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Dress, Body, Culture
224pp, 30 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
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|'Ballroom is a deeply layered and compelling account of competitive ballroom dance, combining Jonathan Marion's insightful roles as ethnographer, photographer, and accomplished ballroom dancer. The book should be read by everyone curious about the fundamental nature of dance in human society, no matter what their particular dance passion may be. Anyone interested in the world of competitive ballroom dance will find Ballroom an invaluable resource.'|
Anya Peterson Royce, Indiana University