Hip Hop Dance

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About the Book

Tracing the African American dance from the Diaspora to the dance floor, this book covers a social history germane not only to the African American experience, but also to the global experience of laborers who learn lessons from hip hop dance. Examining hip hop dance as text, as commentary, and as a function of identity construction within the confines of consumerism, the book draws on popular cultural images from films, commercials, and dance studios. A bibliography, discography, and filmography are included. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

About the Author(s)

Carla Stalling Huntington, a dance history theorist and professor of marketing and management, has taught in the United States and Europe. She lives in Hayward, California.

Bibliographic Details

Carla Stalling Huntington
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 211
Bibliographic Info: tables, notes, bibliography, videography, discography, index
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2991-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0114-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Preface      1
Introduction      3

Part I: Hip Hop Innovation
1. Theorizing Hip Hop Dance      19
2. African Diaspora      50
3. Feminist Re-View of Hip Hop Dance      78

Part II: Hip Hop Appropriation
4. Theorizing Hip Hop Dance Consumption      111
5. Furthering Globalization and Capital Formation      130
6. Hip Hop Dance Codification and Commoditization      157
Epilogue      179

Bibliography      185
Videography      197
Discography      198
Index      199

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “presents some compelling arguments that need to be heard and discussed…clear…a must-read”—School Library Journal
  • “readers will be lead to see hip hop dance from a new perspective”—Dancer