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Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland

Joanna Bosse


This book explores the transformations undergone by the residents of a Midwestern town when they step out on the dance floor for the very first time. The book uses sensitive fieldwork as well as the author's own immersion in ballroom culture to lead readers into a community that springs up around ballroom dance. It demonstrates how the contemporary performance of ballroom dance among amateurs generates feelings of positive personal transformation, of becoming beautiful. The book also discusses the dance hall as a social space where disparate groups come together to move in synchrony, along wit ... More

Keywords: ballroom dance, dancing, partnership, connection, aesthetic values, becoming beautiful, ballroom culture, experience, dance hall

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039010
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039010.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Bosse, author
Michigan State University