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Dance With Me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy

Julia A. Ericksen


Rumba music starts and a floor full of dancers alternate clinging to one another and turning away. Rumba is an erotic dance, and the mood is hot and heavy; the women bend and hyperextend their legs as they twist and turn around their partners. Amateur and professional ballroom dancers alike compete in a highly gendered display of intimacy, romance and sexual passion. This book takes the reader onto the competition floor of ballroom dancing and into the lights and the glamour of a world of tanned bodies and glittering attire, exploring the allure of this hyper-competitive, difficult, and often ... More

Keywords: rumba, ballroom dancers, intimacy, romance, sexual passion, social dancers, ballroom dancing, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814722664
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814722664.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia A. Ericksen, author