IASPM International Conferences - Proceedings, Situating Popular Musics

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Sharing hip-hop dance: Rethinking taste in cross-cultural exchanges of music
Mary Fogarty

Last modified: 2013-01-22


Dance practitioners who specialize in various hip-hop and funk dance styles including breaking (or b-boying/b-girling) tour internationally to perform and teach. In this paper, I explore how dancers share their musical tastes in cross-cultural exchanges. I am interested in questions of authority that emerge in the exchanges of musical values as students learn the “right” music to dance to. Whether dance expresses personal tastes (the “love of music”) or taught relationships between dance styles and musical structures, disjunctures are bound to result. Questions of identity and belonging that emerged through ethnographic field notes address the significance of friendship and mediation in cross-cultural affinities in dance practices.

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