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Hip Hop on FilmPerformance Culture, Urban Space, and Genre Transformation in the 1980s$
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Kimberly Monteyne

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039225

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039225.001.0001

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Flashdance

Flashdance

Breaking, Ballet, and the Representation of Race and Gender

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(p.164) 4 Flashdance
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Hip Hop on Film
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Kimberley Monteyne

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039225.003.0005

The last chapter focuses on breakdance—an inner-city dance practice originating in the 1970s that was an integral part of hip hop culture—in both film and print. It offers a history of the dynamic relation between ballet and breakdance, drawing on popular magazines, academic and professional journals, newspapers, and film of the 1980s. Contrary to popular opinion, this research shows that breakdancing in the early 1980s was practiced by women and girls. Moreover,the female breaker used the dance form in a critical manner, which negated the marginalization of women in certain avenues of hip hop culture. Female dancers flirted with breakdance on screen as well, and the chapter explains how institutional dance figured prominently inhip hop musical films of the era, as well as in the sleeper-hit Flashdance.

Keywords:   Breakdance, ballet, gender, Flashdance, institutional dance

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