Category Archives: dance

Academic publishing often forces one into the unappreciated but necessary job of Killjoy. It comes with the territory of challenging convention and shoveling the cultural/historical b.s. out of the barn. Having stated such an attitude, we perhaps will not surprise you … Continue reading

Joanna Bosse is an associate professor of ethnomusicology and dance studies at Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. She answered some questions about her book Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland. In the book she explores the … Continue reading

In Moving Consciously, Sondra Fraleigh and other contributors draw on both scholarship and personal practice to participate in a multifaceted investigation of a thriving worldwide phenomenon. As Fraleigh writes, the book “is about moving consciously and why consciousness matters in … Continue reading

We are pleased to announce that Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities by Susan Eike Spalding has been awarded the Weatherford Award in non-fiction by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association. The award is given to books … Continue reading

The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy by Christopher J. Smith has been awarded the Irving Lowens Book Award by the Society for American Music (SAM). The SAM award committee had this statement upon … Continue reading

Two UIP titles are available in paperback editions today. The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy Painter William Sidney Mount created some of the most well-known images of African American life in the … Continue reading

Ruth Nicole Brown’s book Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood examines how Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths, or SOLHOT, a radical youth intervention, provides a space for the creative performance and expression of Black girlhood and … Continue reading

New German Dance Studies contains sixteen essays which range in subject from eighteenth-century theater dance to popular contemporary dances in global circulation.  Co-editor Lucia Ruprecht answered our questions about this new collection. Q:  What led to your interest in German … Continue reading

In December 2011 the University of Illinois Press published Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora Dance: Igniting Citizenship by Yvonne Daniel, professor emerita of dance and Afro-American studies at Smith College.  Here Professor Daniel discusses the origination of the rumba and the impact … Continue reading

The German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844—1900), once said, “I would not know what the spirit of a philosopher might wish more to be than a good dancer” [The Gay Science,[1] section 381]. I’ve always wondered what he meant by “a … Continue reading