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American AllegoryLindy Hop and the Racial Imagination$
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Black Hawk Hancock

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226043074

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226043241.001.0001

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Finding The Pocket

Finding The Pocket

(p.37) 1 Finding The Pocket
American Allegory

Black Hawk Hancock

University of Chicago Press

Through an exposition of learning how to dance, this chapter dramatizes the bridge between the dance as a cultural category and the processes of embodiment and inculcation of dance as practice. It demonstrates how even the most “natural” expressions are undergirded by bodily labor. By dissecting four major components of the Lindy Hop (choreography, leading and following, improvisation, and style) the chapter illuminates the centrality of performance in relation to cultural embodiment and racial identities. It concludes by discussing those moments of mastery in which the dance becomes seamless and transparent, to the point of seeming instinctual to the outside observer as well as to the dancers themselves.

Keywords:   dance, dancing, Lindy Hop, cultural embodiment, racial identity

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