Download PDF by Anthony Shay: Choreographing Identities: Folk Dance, Ethnicity and

By Anthony Shay

all through its background, the USA has turn into a brand new domestic for millions of immigrants, all of whom have introduced their very own traditions and expressions of ethnicity. now not least between those customs are people dances, which over the years became visible representations of cultural id. certainly, notwithstanding, those dances haven't existed in a vacuum. they've got changed—in half as a reaction to ever-changing social identities, and partially as a response to planned manipulations through these inside in addition to outdoor of a specific culture.
Compiled in nice half from the author’s personal own dance adventure, this quantity appears at how a number of cultures use dance as a visible illustration in their identification, and the way “traditional” dances swap through the years. It discusses numerous “parallel layers” of dance: dances played at intra-cultural social events, dances used for illustration or presentation, and people dance performances. person chapters middle on numerous immigrant cultures. mainly the paintings specializes in cultural illustration and the way it really is occasionally manipulated. Key folks dance fairs within the usa and Canada are reviewed. Interviews with dancers, lecturers, and others provide a first-hand standpoint. an intensive bibliography encompasses live performance courses and studies in addition to broader scholarly sources.

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