The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body


The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body

Dance has become increasingly visible within contemporary culture: just think of reality TV shows featuring this art form. This shift brings the ballet body into renewed focus. Historically both celebrated and critiqued for its thin, flexible, and highly feminized aesthetic, the ballet body now takes on new and complex meanings at the intersections of performance art, popular culture, and fitness. The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body provides a local perspective to enrich the broader cultural narratives of ballet through historical, socio-cultural, political, and artistic lenses, redefining what many consider to be “high art.” Scholars in gender studies, folklore, popular culture, and cultural studies will be interested in this collection, as well as those involved in the dance world.

Contributors: Kelsie Acton, Marianne I. Clark, Kate Z. Davies, Lindsay Eales, Pirkko Markula, Carolyn Millar, Jodie Vandekerkhove

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title page 4
Copyright page 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Acknowledgements 10
Preface 12
Introduction | Markula & Clark 16
I Ballet in the Contemporary Media 36
1 Reading the Ballet Body in Children’s Fiction | Davies 38
2 So You Think You Can Dance | Markula 62
3 Ballet-Inspired Workouts | Markula & Clark 84
II Lived Experiences of Ballet in Contemporary Culture 110
4 Multiple Bodies | Clark 112
5 “Moving for Pleasure” | Millar 136
6 At the Barre | Vandekerkhove 162
7 Ballet for All Bodies? | Acton & Eales 186
Conclusion | Markula & Clark 206
Contributors 214
Index 216
Other Titles from The University of Alberta Press 225