Publications

Below is a list of publications in the field of popular dance and performance. It is not a comprehensive list, but will be added to over time. If you would like a text added to the list, please submit full bibliographic details to the contact form.

The publications are sub-divided by context and genre as follows:

General
Popular dance on screen (film, music video, television)
Popular dance online
Popular dances of the African diaspora (including hip hop)
Ballroom
Belly dance
Burlesque
Cancan
Club dance
Flamenco
Irish Dance
Jazz & Tap Dance
Kathak
Northern Soul
Mexican Dance
Salsa and Latina/o dance
South Asian Dance
Tango

 

General

Abra, A. (2009) On With the Dance: Nation, Culture, and Popular Dancing in Britain, 1918-1945.  [dissertation for doctorate unpublished]

Robinson, Danielle (ed.) (2010) Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies, Special Issue on Dancing the Popular, Vol. XXXI

Desmond, Jane C. (1997) ‘Embodying Difference: Issues in Dance and Cultural Studies’, in Desmond, Jane C. (ed.) Meaning in Motion: New Cultural Studies of Dance. Durham, NC: Duke University Press

Dodds, Sherril and Cook, Susan C. (2013) Bodies of Sound: Studies Across Popular Music and Dance. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate

Dodds, Sherril (2011) Dancing on the Canon: Embodiments of Value in Popular Dance. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Driver, I.  (2000) A Century of Dance. London: Octopus Publishing Group Limited

Engel, Michael R. 2011. ‘Pop Culture, the Media, and Dance: A Boon/Bane Dichotomy’. Journal of Dance Education 11 (4): 143–45. doi:10.1080/15290824.2011.620543.

Franks, A. (1963). Social Dance: A Short History. London: Routledge & Keegan Paul Limited.

Giordano, R. G. (2007) Social Dancing in America Volume Two. London: Greenwood Press

Giordano, R. G. (2008) Satan in the Dance Hall: The Rev. John Roach Straton, Social Dancing, and Morality in 1920s New York City. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press

Hamera, Judith. 2011. Dancing Communities: Performance, Difference, and Connection in the Global City. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Malnig, Julie (ed.) (2009) Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press

Rust, F. (1969). Dance in Society. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul

Storey, John (1997) An Introduction to Cultural Theory and Popular Culture. London: Prentice Hall (1993 edition published as An Introductory Guide to Cultural Theory and Popular Culture; 2006 edition published as Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction)

Storey, John (2003) Cultural Studies and the Study of Popular Culture. Athens: University of Georgia Press

Storey, John (2003) Inventing Popular Culture: from folklore to globalisation. Oxford: Blackwell

Storey, John (2008) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader. Harlow: Longman

Strinati, Dominic (1995) An introduction to theories of popular culture. London: Routledge

Thomas, H. (2003) The Body, Dance and Cultural Theory Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Thomas, Helen (ed.) (1997) Dance in the city. Basingstoke: Macmillan

Warburton, Edward C. 2011. ‘Staying Alive: On Popular Culture, Dance Education and Generation Why’. Journal of Dance Education 11 (4): 113–18. doi:10.1080/15290824.2011.616941.

Whiteside, B. (2014). Intersections between the Academic and ‘Real’ Worlds of Dance at the British Dance Edition 2014: A Report. Scottish Journal of Performance, 1(2), pp.91-106. 

Whiteside, B. (2014). Book Review: Walking and Dancing: Three Years of Dance in London, 1951-53 by Larraine Nicholas. Scottish Journal of Performance, 1(2), pp.119-122.  

 

Popular dance on screen (film, music video, television)

Arnett, L. 2007. ‘The Real Deal: How Reality Dance Shows Have Changed Our World’. Dance Spirit, November.

Blanco Borelli, Melissa (ed.) (2014) Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Boyd, Jade. 2012. ‘“Hey, We”re from Canada but We’re Diverse, Right?’: Neoliberalism, Multiculturalism, and Identity on  So You Think You Can Dance Canada’. Critical Studies in Media Communication 29 (4): 259–74. doi:10.1080/15295036.2011.637222.

Blanco Borelli, Melissa (ed.) (2014) The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Blanco Borelli, Melissa (2012) ‘Dancing in Music Videos, or How I Learned to Dance Like Janet… Miss Jackson’, The International Journal of Screendance, Vol. 2, Spring, pp. 52-55

Blanco Borelli, Melissa (2009) A Taste of Honey: choreographing mulatta in the Hollywood dance film. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. Vol. 5, No. 2&3, p. 141

Blanco Borelli, Melissa (2009) ‘ “¿Y ahora qué vas a hacer, mulata?”: Hip choreographies in the Mexican cabaretera film Mulata (1954)’, Women & Performance, Special Issue: Sensualidades: Sounds and Movement in latina/o Culture, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 215-233

Boyd, Jade (2004) Dance, Culture, and Popular Film: Considering representations in Save the Last Dance. Feminist Media Studies. Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 67-83

Brannigan, Erin (2010) Dancefilm: choreography and the moving image. New York: Oxford University Press

Cohan, Steven (ed.) (2002) Hollywood musicals: the film reader. London and New York: Routledge

David, Ann (2010) ‘Dancing the Diasporic Dream? Embodied Desires and the Changing Audience for Bollywood Film Dance’, Participations – Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2 [online]

David, Ann (2007) ‘Beyond the silver screen: Bollywood and ‘filmi’ dance in the UK’, South Asia Research, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 5-24

Dodds, Sherril (2001) Dance on screen: genres and media from Hollywood to experimental art. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave

Dodds, Sherril (2009) ‘Mad Hot Ballroom and the Politics of Transformation’ in Lansdale, J. (ed.) Decentring Dancing Texts. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Feuer, Jane (1993) The Hollywood Musical. Second Edition. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press

Goodwin, Andrew (1993) Dancing in the distraction factory: music television and popular culture. London: Routledge

Huntington, Carla Stalling (2011) Black Social Dance in Television Advertising. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co Inc

Kaplan, E. Ann (1987) Rocking around the clock: music television, postmodernism and consumer culture. New York and London: Routledge

LaBoskey, Sara (2001) Getting off: Portrayals of Masculinity in Hip Hop Dance in Film. Dance Research Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, Winter, pp. 112-120

McRobbie, Angela (1990) ‘Fame, Flashdance and Fantasies of Achievement’ in Gaines, G. and Herzog, C. (eds.) Fabrications: costume and the female body. New York: Routledge

Mitoma, Judy (2002) Envisioning dance on film and video. New York and London: Routledge

Ovalle, Priscilla Peña (2010) Dance and Hollywood Latina: Race, Sex, and Stardom. Piscataway: Rutgers University Press

Parfitt, C. (2005) ‘The Spectator’s Dancing Gaze in Moulin Rouge!’, Research in Dance Education, Vol. 6, No. 1-2, April-December, pp. 97-110

Purshouse, Luke (2011) ‘Class and Thatcherism in Billy Elliot’ in Kolb, Alexandra (ed.) Dance and Politics. Bern: Peter Lang

Rushton, Amy S. (2013) ‘Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of the Normal’, Journal of Gender Studies, Vol. 22, No. 3, September, pp. 354-356

Wood, Karen (2010) An Investigation into audiences’ televisual experience of Strictly Come Dancing. Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, Nov, Vol. 7, No. 2 [online] 

Yeoh, Francis (2013) ‘The copyright implications of Beyoncé’s choreographic ‘borrowings’’, Choreographic Practices, Vol. 4, No. 1, July, pp. 95-117

 

Popular dance online

Bench, Harmony (2013) ‘ “Single Ladies” Is Gay: Queer Performances and Mediated Masculinities on YouTube’ in Bales, Melanie and Eliot, Karen (eds.) Dance on its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press

Carroll, Samantha (2008) ‘The Practical Politics of Step-Stealing and Textual Poaching. YouTube, Audio-Visual Media and Contemporary Swing Dancers Online’, Convergence. Vol. 14, No. 2, May, pp. 183-204

Perillo, J. Lorenzo (2011) ‘ “If I was not in prison, I would not be famous”: Discipline, Choreography, and Mimicry in the Philippines’, Theatre Journal, Vol. 63, No. 4, December, pp. 607-621

Williams, Fleur Cathrael (2012) ‘The embodiment of social dynamics: a phenomenon of Western pop dance within a Filipino prison’ Research in Dance Education, Vol. 14, No.1, pp. 39-56

 

Popular dances of the African diaspora (including hip hop)

Banes, Sally (1994) Writing Dancing in the Age of Postmodernism. Hanover: Wesleyan University Press (Part III: The African-American Connection)

Borshuk, M. (2001) ‘An Intelligence of the Body: Discruptive Parody through Dance in the Early Performances of Josephine Baker’ in Fischer-Hornung, D and Goeller, A. (ed) (2001) EmBODYing Liberation. Hamburg and London: Transaction Publishers

Chang, J. (2007) Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation London: Ebury Press

Dixon Gottschild, Brenda. (2002) Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era. New York: St. Martins Press, 2000. Reprinted, New York: St. Martins Press

Dixon Gottschild, Nadine. (1998) Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. Reprinted, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press

Dodds, Sherril (2010) ‘Re-inventing the Past at Sunday Serenade: The Residual Cultures of a British Caribbean Dance Hall’, Anthropological Notebooks, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 23-38.

Fricke, Jim, and Experience Music Project. 2002. Yes Yes Y’all : The Experience Music Project Oral History of Hip-Hop’s First Decade. Cambridge  MA: Da Capo Press.

Fogarty, Mary (2012) ‘Breaking expectations: Imagined affinities in mediated dance cultures’ in Andy Bennett and Brady Robards (eds.) Mediated Youth Cultures, a special issue of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. London: Routledge

Fogarty, Mary (2012) ‘Each One Teach One: B-boying and Ageing’ in Andy Bennett and Paul Hodkinson (eds.) Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity. Oxford: Berg

Fogarty, Mary (2010) ‘Learning Hip Hop Dance: Old Music, New Music, and How Music Migrates’ in Derek Robbins (ed.) Crossing Conceptual Boundaries II. London: University of East London

Fogarty, Mary (2011) ‘Dance to the Drummer’s Beat: Competing Tastes in International B-Boy/B-Girl Culture’, PhD thesis, University of Edinburgh. 

Forman, M. & Neal, M.A. (eds) (2004) That’s The Joint! The Hip Hop Studies Reader New York and London: Routledge.

George-Graves, Nadine. (2000) The Royalty of Negro Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters and the Negotiation of Race, Gender and Class in African American Theater 1900-1940. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Haskins, J. (1990) Black Dance in America. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell

Hazzard-Gordon, Katrina (1990) Jookin’: the rise of social dance formations in African-American culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

Hazzard-Gordon, Katrina (1996) ‘Dance in Hip Hop Culture’, in Perkins, W.E. (ed.) Droppin’ Science: critical essays on rap music and hip hop culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

Huntington, Carla Stalling (2007) Hip hop dance: meanings and messages. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co.

Huntington, Carla Stalling (2011) Black Social Dance in Television Advertising. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co Inc

Kraut, Anthea (2010) ‘ “Stealing Steps” and Signature Moves: Embodied Theories of Dance as Intellectual Property’ in Theatre Journal, Vol. 62, No. 2, May, pp.173-189

LaBoskey, Sara (2001) Getting off: Portrayals of Masculinity in Hip Hop Dance in Film. Dance Research Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, Winter, pp. 112-120

Lhamon, Jr., W. T. (1998) Raising Cain: blackface performance from Jim Crow to hip hop. Cambridge, MA. and London: Harvard University Press

McCarren, Felicia (2013) French Moves: The Cultural Politics of le hip hop. Oxford University Press

Neal, Mark. 2004. That’s the Joint! : The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. New York: Routledge.

Osumare, Halifu (2012) The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Osumare, Halifu (2008) The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Osumare, Halifu (2002) ‘Global Breakdancing and the Intercultural Body’, Dance Research Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp 30-45.

Pabon, J. (2006) ‘Physical Graffiti: A History of Hip-Hop Dance’ in Chang, J. (ed.) Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. New York: Basic Civitas

Perkins, W. E. (ed.) (1996) Droppin’ Science: Critical Essays on Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Raphael-Hernandez, Heike (2012) Blackening Europe: The African American Presence. London and New York: Routledge (chapters on Josephine Baker and French hip hop)

Robinson, Danielle (2009) “Performing American: Ragtime Dancing as Embodied Minstrelsy,” Dance Chronicle, Vol. 32, No.1, pp. 89-126

Robinson, Danielle (2006) “Oh, You Black Bottom! Appropriation, Authenticity, and Opportunity in the Jazz Dance Teaching of 1920s New York,” Dance Research Journal, Vol. 38, No.1/2, pp. 19-42

Robinson, Danielle and McMains, Juliet (2002) “Swinging Out: Southern California’s Lindy Revival,” in Needham,Maureen(ed.) I See America Dancing: Selected Readings, 1685-2000, University of Illinois Press, pp. 84-95

Rose, T. (1994) Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press.

Schloss, J. G. (2009) Foundation: b-boys, b-girls, and hip-hop Culture in New York. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press

Stevens, L. (2006) Urban Youth Street Dances Go to the Movies and Become ‘Breakdancing’. Dance/Diversity/Dialogue: Bridging Communities and Cultures, World Dance Alliance Global Assembly Proceedings, p. 361-369 [online]

Thompson, R. F. (1996) ‘Hip Hop 101’, in Perkins, W.E. (ed.) Droppin’ Science: critical essays on rap music and hip hop culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

Toop, David. 2000. Rap Attack 3 : African Rap to Global Hip Hop. 3rd rev., expanded, and updated ed. London: Serpent’s Tail.

Tucker, L. (2007) Lockstep and Dance: Images of Black Men in Popular Culture Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Zanfagna, C. (2009) ‘The Multiringed Cosmos of Krumping: Hip-Hop Dance at the Intersections of Battle, Media, and Spirit’, in Malnig, J. (ed.) Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, pp.337-353

 

Ballroom

Aldrich, Elizabeth. (1991) From the Ballroom to Hell: Grace and Folly in Nineteenth-Century Dance. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press

Buckland, Theresa Jill (2011) Society Dancing: fashionable bodies in England, 1870-1920. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Baade, C. (2006) ‘The Dancing Front’: Dance Music, Dancing, and the BBC in World War II. Popular Music, 25(3), 347-368.

Knowles, M.(2009) The Wicked Waltz and Other Scandalous Dances: Outrage at Couple Dancing in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries. Jefferson: McFarland.

Malnig, J. (1992) Dancing till Dawn: A Century of Exhibition Ballroom Dance. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood

Marion, Jonathan S. 2008. Ballroom Culture and Costume in Competitive Dance. Oxford; New York: Berg.

McMains, Juliet (2009) ‘Dancing Latin/Latin Dancing / Salsa and DanceSport’, in Malnig, J. (ed.) Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, pp. 302-322

McMains, Juliet (2006) Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press

Uba, George Russell. 2007. ‘International Ballroom Dance and the Coreographies of Transnationalism’. Journal of Asian American Studies 10 (2): 141–67. doi:10.1353/jaas.2007.0021.

Uba, George Russell. 2007. ‘International Ballroom Dance and the Coreographies of Transnationalism’. Journal of Asian American Studies 10 (2): 141–67. doi:10.1353/jaas.2007.0021.

Unruh, K. (2009) Swingin’ Out White: How the Lindy Hop Became White [online]. (Richland College)

 

Belly dance

Bock, Sheila and Borland, Katherine (2011) ‘Exotic Identities: Dance, Difference, and Self-fashioning’, Journal of Folklore Research, Vol. 48, No. 1, January-April, pp. 1-36

Shay, Anthony and Sellers-Young, Barbara (eds.) (2005) Belly Dance: Orientalism, Transnationalism, and Harem Fantasy. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda

Burlesque

Dodds, Sherril, (2013) ‘Embodied Transformations in Neo-Burlesque Striptease’ in Dance Research Journal, Vol. 45, No. 3, December, pp. 75-90

Scott, Shelley and Gilbert, Reid (eds.) (2014) Canadian Theatre Review, Special Issue on Burlesque, Vol. 158, Spring 

 

Cancan

Parfitt-Brown, Clare (2013) ‘The Problem of Popularity: the cancan between the French and digital revolutions’, in Cook, Susan and Dodds, Sherril (eds.) Bodies of Sound: Studies Across Popular Music and Dance. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 9-24

Parfitt, Clare (2009) ‘‘Like a Butterfly Under Glass’: the cancan, Loïe Fuller, and cinema’, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, Special Issue on Dance on Screen guest-edited by Sherril Dodds, Vol. 5, No. 2-3, December, pp. 107-120

Parfitt, Clare (2008) ‘Capturing the Cancan: Body Politics from the Enlightenment to Postmodernity’, PhD thesis, University of Surrey, Roehampton

 

Club dance

Hall, Joanna Louise (2009) ‘Mapping the Multifarious: the gentrification of dance music club cultures’ in Lansdale, J. (ed.) Decentring Dancing Texts. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Hall, Joanna Louise (2009) Popular Dance and Cultural Hybridity in UK Drum ‘n’ Bass Club Culture. PhD thesis, University of Surrey

Pini, M. (2001) From House to Home: Club Cultures and Female Subjectivity Basingstoke: Palgrave.

 

Flamenco

Devorah Bennahum, Ninotchka.(2000) Antonia Mercé, La Argentina: Flamenco and the Spanish Avant Garde. Hanover, N.H., and London: University Press of New England for Wesleyan University Press
Irish Dance

Hall, Frank. 2008. Competitve Irish Dance: Art, Sport, Duty. wisconsin: Macater Press.

Whiteside, B. (in press-2014). Book Review: The Irish Dancing Body: Cultural Politics and Identities, 1900-2000 by Barbara O’Connor. Leisure Studies: The Journal of the Leisure Studies Association.

 

Jazz & Tap Dance

Stearns, M. Stearns, J. (1968) Jazz Dance The Story of American Vernacular Dance. London: Collier Macmillian Publishers

Valis Hill, Constance. (2000) Brotherhood in Rhythm: The Jazz Tap Dancing of the Nicholas Brothers. Foreword by Gregory Hines. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press

Valis Hill, Constace. (2010) Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press

 

Kathak

Chakravorty,Pallabi (2008) Bells of Change: Kathak Dance, Women, and Modernity in India. Calcutta/London: Seagull/Macmillan

 

Northern Soul

Nowell, David. 2001. Too Darn Soulful : The Story of Northern Soul. London: Robson Books.

Wilson, Andrew. 2007. Northern Soul : Music, Drugs and Subcultural Identity. Cullompton: Willan Pub.

Winstanley, Russ. 1996. Soul Survivors : The Wigan Casino Story. London: Robson Books.

 

Mexican Dance

Hutchinson, Sydney. (2007) From Quebradita to Duranguense: Dance in Mexican Youth Culture. Tucson: University of Arizona Press

 

Salsa and Latina/o dance

Bock, Sheila and Borland, Katherine (2011) ‘Exotic Identities: Dance, Difference, and Self-fashioning’, Journal of Folklore Research, Vol. 48, No. 1, January-April, pp. 1-36

Bosse, J. (2008) Salsa Dance and the Transformation of Style: An Ethnographic Study of Movement and Meaning in a Cross-Cultural Context. Dance Research Journal, Vol. 40, No. 1, Summer, pp. 45-64

Delgado, Celeste Frazer and Muñoz, José Esteban (1997) Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America. Durham, NC: Duke University Press

Garcia, Cindy (2013) Salsa Crossings: Dancing Latinidad in Los Angeles. Duke University Press

Garcia, Cindy (2013) ‘Los Angeles Salsa Speculations and the Performance of Latinidad’ in Dance Research Journal, Vol. 45, No. 3, December, pp. 125-136

Hutchinson, Sydney (2013) Salsa World: A Global Dance in Local Contexts. Temple University Press

McMains, Juliet (2009) ‘Dancing Latin/Latin Dancing / Salsa and DanceSport’, in Malnig, J. (ed.) Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, pp. 302-322

Pietrobruno, Sheenagh (2006) Salsa and its transnational moves. Lanham and Oxford: Lexington Books

Urquia, Norman (2004) ‘ “Doin’ it right”: contested authenticity in London’s salsa scene’, in Bennett, A. and Peterson, R.A. (eds.) Music Scenes: Local, Translocal and Virtual. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press

Urquia, Norman (2005) The Re-branding of Salsa in London’s Dance Clubs: How an Ethnicised Form of Cultural Capital was Institutionalised. Leisure Studies, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 385-397

 

 South Asian Dance

Lopez y Royo, Alessandra. (1997)Editor, as Alessandra Iyer. South Asian Dance: The British Experience. London and New York: Harwood/Routledge

 

Tango

Appril, Christophe. (2008) Tango. Le couple, le bal et la scène. Paris: Editions Autrement.

Savigliano, Marta E. (1996) Tango and the political economy of passion. Boulder: Westview Press

Thompson, R.F. (2007) Tango: the art history of love. New York, London and Knopf: Turnaround

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