June 27th, 2009


Probably Not What They Were Aiming For

All this coverage of Michael Jackson's death got me thinking. I should design a course (for when I have a Ph.D and a teaching job) about dance in popular culture. You could include stuff on mass media, Nijinsky, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Busby Berkeley, Elvis Presley, Broadway musicals, American Bandstand, teenage dance crazes, Michael Jackson, the image of the dancing male body, break dancing, dance marathons, Wheaton College, all sorts of things.

ETA: Oooo, and bhangra, too! Jazzercise, folkloric dance troupes, drag . . .

The ETA Strikes Back: meggins suggests adding So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars to the curriculum.
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