Something in the way she moves : dancing women from Salome to Madonna / Wendy Buonaventura.
- Cambridge, MA : DaCapo Press, 2004.
312 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
- Women dancers -- Social conditions.
Dance -- Social aspects.
Sex in dance -- History.
Women -- Social conditions.
- "Wendy Buonaventura describes for the first time the world of dance through women's eyes. She moves gracefully across a kaleidoscope of cultures, from the delicious tango of Buenos Aires ... to Paris and the bawdy, leggy cancan dancers of the Moulin Rouge ... to Chicago and New York, where African Americans cakewalked, Charlestoned, and shimmied into the public eye, creating "jazz" dance." "Along the way, the author pauses to consider Madonna and Princess Diana, ballet and anorexia, transvestism and cosmetic surgery. Here is a tale rich with anecdotes (such as the New Jersey girl picked up by police during the Roaring Twenties for dancing the Turkey Trot on her lunch hour) and often surprising facts (the first geishas, for example, were men). This is a book for lovers of dance and lovers of history alike, an introduction to a little known side of a cultural legacy - a book for anyone intrigued by the sublime, sexy, and downright surreal ways we find to strut our stuff."--Jacket.
- And God created devil-woman
Revolution on the dance floor
Battle of the sexes
Dance of the seven veils
- Originally published under the title: I put a spell on you. 2003.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-301) and index.
- Local notes:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection copy has dustjacket retained.
- Penn Provenance:
- Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
- Penn Chronology:
- Buonaventura, Wendy, 1950-
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
- Other format:
- Online version: Buonaventura, Wendy, 1950- Something in the way she moves.
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