By Caroline Joan S. Picart
An insider explores the transformation of ballroom dance into an Olympic sport.
Drawing on contemporary media portrayals and her personal event, writer and dancer Caroline Joan S. Picart explores ballroom dancing and its extra “sporty” identical, DanceSport, suggesting that they're reflective of bigger social, political, and cultural tensions. The prior numerous years have visible a resurgence within the approval for ballroom dance in addition to an expanding overseas nervousness over how and even if to rework ballroom into an Olympic activity. Writing as a participant-critic, Picart means that either are an important websites the place our bodies are packaged as racialized, sexualized, nationalized, and classed items. furthermore, Picart argues, because the choreography, costuming, and style of ballroom and DanceSport proceed to adapt, those theatrical productions are aestheticized and built to inspire advertisement attraction, utilizing the narrative body of the aggressive melodrama to intensify viewers interest.
Caroline Joan S. Picart captured moment position on the 2005 usa DanceSport Championships on the earth seasoned Am Cabaret Champion type, in addition to moment position on the Millennium nationwide professional Am Cabaret Championship. whilst now not dancing, she is affiliate Professor of English and Courtesy affiliate Professor of legislations at Florida nation collage, and is the writer of many books, together with Remaking the Frankenstein fantasy on movie: among Laughter and Horror, additionally released through SUNY Press, and Inside Notes from the Outside.