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Lead in: The Cost of Insight

Lead in: The Cost of Insight

Chapter:
(p.5) Lead in: The Cost of Insight
Source:
American Allegory
Author(s):
Black Hawk Hancock
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226043241.003.0002

This chapter discusses the author's immersion into the worlds of Lindy Hop and Steppin'. He participated in all aspects of the Lindy Hop dance culture and became a regular social dancer in the Chicago Steppin' world. The present volume is a confluence of three narratives: (1) an historical narrative of his immersion in and passage through the Lindy Hop and Steppin' worlds; (2) a personal narrative of his own development as a student of dance, as a scholar, and as an individual; and (3) a theoretical and methodological narrative that develops his experiences and approaches in the field to larger studies of race, culture, and identity.

Keywords:   dance culture, dancing, Lindy Hop, Steppin', social dancer

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