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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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Interlude

Interlude

Chapter:
(p.67) Interlude
Source:
Becoming Beautiful
Author(s):

Joanna Bosse

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039010.003.0005

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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