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Becoming BeautifulBallroom Dance in the American Heartland$
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Joanna Bosse

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039010

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039010.001.0001

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(p.17) Interlude
Becoming Beautiful

Joanna Bosse

University of Illinois Press

In this interlude, the author describes the events of a typical Friday night social dance at the Regent Ballroom and Banquet Center by sharing her own experience. She narrates how dancers greet each other warmly and tell stories of their week as they change into their dance shoes. The dancers then head to the dance hall. The early minutes of the dance exude a quiet romance not only reserved for newlyweds. The Friday night ballroom dance is date night for many couples in attendance. The author mentions Sylvia, a real estate agent with two adult children, and her husband Jimmy. The two met at the Regent and continue to dance weekly. Their conversations, as well as those of their fellow couples, are littered with loving glances, small gestures of affectionate intimacy, and the kind of good-natured ribbing only spouses can perpetrate. Eventually the room will be filled with 150 or so dancing bodies. Through dancing, they routinely inhabit each other's personal space.

Keywords:   ballroom dance, Friday night social dance, Regent Ballroom and Banquet Center, dancers, dance hall, couples, personal space

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