Monday, September 17, 2007

on the politics of hip-hop dancing

I would like to read a lot more about hip-hop as dance music (regardless of lyrics), something that many music scholars don't seem tos pend a lot of time on. Hip-hop and the body. Hip-hop IN the body. but in the meantime, I was entertained by this discussion of a hip-hop dance class

Hip-hop is one of the most intimidating forms of dance there is. The movements are really precise and you need that extra bit of attitude to execute them convincingly. Instead of the hard-ass, “I’m all that and don’t fuck with me” look I should have had on my face, I found myself grimacing and making what would, in the primate world, be called “appeasement gestures.”

authenticity, gender, performance, power, bodies.. hmmm....

*edited to add.. I should say I don't think everything here is about hip-hop, a lot of it is about dance classes. Then again, the 'attitude' requirement (and the kind of attitude) is, I would say, more an issue in hip-hop dance than in contact improvisation, and a different flavor than, say, tap. But also the positioning of the author above is part of the politics. Some interesting issues for her as well around what she thinks of as authentic, as well as what others may see as authentic..

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