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Friday, April 23 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Dance Dance (Music) Revolution (Room A: Sky Church)

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Room A: Sky Church

The politics and power of both dance and dance music take the parquet on this panel which brings together four different papers examining transformations within and wrought by forms of dance/music. This includes two papers looking at salsa in different ways: the role of salsa music in current prison abolition movements and on-going changes within a community of New York salsa dancers. Another paper travels further east, to Spain, to look at controversies in the flamenco community regarding issues of appropriation and exploitation. And to add some visceral bump, we have one paper/presentation oriented around the power of the stomp in tap dancing.

The paper order during the session will be: Zanfanga, La Rotta, Dormani and Slaughter. 

Speakers
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Ann Powers

Critic and Correspondent; Founder, Turning the Tables, NPR Music
Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. Her books include Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America,and (with the aritst)Tori Amos: Piece By Piece. She is the co-editor, with Evelyn McDonnell, of Rock... Read More →
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Christina Zanfagna

Associate Professor, Santa Clara University
Flamenco Fusion and Ethnic Confusion: Rosalía at the Crossroads of Blackness, “Gypsy-ness,” and LatinidadRosalía, the rising Spanish pop star, brought a unique brand of nuevo-flamenco music and dance to the international popular music stage at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards. It was... Read More →
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Alex La Rotta

Postdoc Research Scholar / Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race, Columbia University
“There Should Be Never No Walls”:  The Prison Abolition Politics of Salsa MusicFollowing his 1971 concept album, Harlem River Drive, a musical-social commentary on the deprivation of Black and Brown life in early-seventies America, Latin music pianist Eddie Palmieri recorded... Read More →
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Carmela Muzio Dormani

Assistant Professor, Mercy College
Un Verano en Nueva York: Grassroots Urbanity and Creative Survival in the 2020 Salsa SceneSalsa developed in New York City as Afro-Cuban music was reimagined and popularized by Latinx musicians between the 1940s and the 1970s. Since then, salsa has exploded into an international phenomenon... Read More →
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Kwabena Prentiss Slaughter

She Put Her Foot In It: Visualizing the Assertion of WillpowerIn May 2020 I developed an artistic process that integrates tap dance and electrical circuits. The thematic origin of this intervention resides within the African American food culture idiom “she put her foot in it... Read More →


Friday April 23, 2021 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Room A: Sky Church