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Introduction PART I ISSUES IN THE PINK AND BLUE WEST 1. Maverick Men in Ballet: Rethinking the "Making it Macho" Strategy Jennifer Fisher Kristopher Wojtera Aaron Cota 2. What We Know About Boys Who Dance: The Limitations of Contemporary Masculinity and Dance Education Doug Risner David Allan and Michel Gervais 3. Is Dance a Man's Sport Too? The Performance of Athletic-Coded Masculinity on the Concert Dance Stage Maura Keefe Fred Strickler Rennie Harris 4. Transcending Gender in Ballet's LINES Jill Nunes Jensen Christian Burns 5. The Performance of Unmarked Masculinity Ramsay Burt Donald McKayle John Pennington PART II HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES 6. Pricked Dances: The Spectator, Dance, and Masculinity in Early 18th Century England John Bryce Jordan Seth Williams 7. Gender Trumps Race? Cross-dressing in Early Blackface Minstrelsy Stephen Johnson Paul Babiak: Diary of "Channeling Juba" Rehearsals 8. Ausdruckstanz, Worker's Culture and Masculinity in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s Yvonne Hardt Hellmut Gottschild PART III LEGACIES OF COLONIALISM 9. Invented Hypermasculinity: Colonial Influences on Dance Styles in Egypt, Iran, and Uzbekistan Anthony Shay Jamal 10. Native Motion and Imperial Emotion: Male Performers of the 'Orient' and the Politics of the Imperial Gaze Stavros Stavrou Karayanni Namus Zokhrabov 11. Ibrahim Farrah: Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, Publisher Barbara Sellers-Young Saleem Azouka 12. From Gynemimesis to Hyper-Masculinity: The Shifting Orientations of Male Performers of South Indian Court Dance Hari Krishnan Naatyaachaarya V.P. Dhananjayan Arun Mathai Appendix A: Notes on Personal Histories Notes on contributors Index

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Jennifer Fisher is Associate Professor of Dance, University of California - Irvine, and author of Nutcracker Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World (2003). Anthony Shay is Assistant Professor of Dance and Cultural Studies at Pomona College and author or editor of several books, including Choreographic Politics: State Folk Dance Ensembles, Representation, and Power (2003).


"An intriguing, readable book about how, why, when, and where men dance...Highly recommended." --Choice "When Men Dance is an eclectic collection of essays and personal narratives comparing the experiences of male dancers across a wide array of historical and cultural contexts. While the volume includes work by some leading scholars in the field, it also reaches out to the non-specialist, asking in both complex and heartfelt ways how masculinity is performed through movement."-Barbara Browning, New York University and author, Infectious Rhythm: Metaphors of Contagion and the Spread of African Culture (1998) "Here at last is a richly diverse and compelling anthology that challenges any previously homogeneous notions of men in dance. Gathered in these pages are a range of perspectives that are at once so informative and so personal that they will forever change how you see male dancers and roles danced by men."-Naomi Jackson, Arizona State University and author, Converging Movements: Modern Dance and Jewish Culture at the 92nd Street Y (2000) "This collection examines the experiences and stereotypes of men who dance by interweaving new scholarly essays with a cross section of related personal accounts. The result is a tapestry of diverse thinking which will become a key resource for dance and gender studies."--Selma Odom, Professor of Dance, York University

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