by Joanna Bosse
University of Illinois Press, 2015
Paper: 978-0-252-08063-0 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03901-0 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09698-3
Library of Congress Classification GV1751.B67 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 793.33

In Becoming Beautiful, Joanna Bosse explores the transformations undergone by the residents of a Midwestern town when they step out on the dance floor for the very first time.
Bosse uses sensitive fieldwork as well as her own immersion in ballroom culture to lead readers into a community that springs up around ballroom dance. The result is a portrait of the real people who connect with others, change themselves, and join a world that foxtrots to its own rules, conventions, and rewards. Bosse's eye for revealing, humorous detail adds warmth and depth to discussions around critical perspectives on the experiences the dance hall provides, the nature of partnership and connection, and the notion of how dancing allows anyone to become beautiful.

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