By Julia A. Ericksen,Jonathan S. Marion
Rumba tune begins and a ground packed with dancers exchange clinging to each other and turning away. Rumba is an erotic dance, and the temper is sizzling and heavy; the ladies bend and hyperextend their legs as they twist and switch round their companions. beginner ballroom dancers alike compete in a hugely gendered show of intimacy, romance and sexual ardour.
In Dance With Me, Julia Ericksen, a aggressive ballroom dancer herself, takes the reader onto the contest ground and into the lighting fixtures and the glamour of an international of tanned our bodies and glittering clothes, exploring the attract of this hyper-competitive, tricky, and infrequently dear job. In a shiny ethnography followed via attractive photos of all degrees of dancers, from the world’s best opponents to social dancers, Ericksen examines the methods emotional exertions is used to create intimacy among specialist companions and among pros and their scholars, illustrating how dancers buy intimacy. She exhibits that, whereas in the beginning look, ballroom offers a hugely gendered face with males best and ladies following, dancing additionally transgresses gender.
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