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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.67) Interlude
Becoming Beautiful

Joanna Bosse

University of Illinois Press

In this interlude, the author shares her dancing experience with two different partners and how she connects with them. The first is Dean, a single, white, thirty-something astrophysicist, whom she describes as a wonderful smooth dancer and having a good quickstep. Ballroom dance is Dean's way of making a connection, his way of experiencing joy. Her second partner is Sam, a former boyfriend and a tennis coach who taught her author how to play tennis while she taught him how to dance. The author also talks about Toby, the bartender for that night, who takes a break to watch the hustle dancers with her; David, also a bartender; and Genevieve, who manages the banquet aspect of the business at the Regent Ballroom and Banquet Center. Finally, she reflects on her Nightclub two-step with Dean, who dances her afterwards to the water fountain where they began.

Keywords:   connection, ballroom dance, smooth dance, quickstep, Regent Ballroom and Banquet Center, hustle, banquet, Nightclub two-step

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