University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: January 2018
Features: Notes, bibliography, index
Keywords: Ballet / Cultural Studies
Subject(s): PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / Classical & Ballet, Art, Women's Studies, Canadian Studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / History & Criticism, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies, Dance, Ballet / Cultural Studies
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
A dancer and instructor, Pirkko Markula is Professor of socio-cultural studies of physical activity at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Marianne I. Clark, a dancer and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, studies socio-cultural aspects of physical activity.

"Editors and contributors examine perceptions of femininity through the magnifying lens of classical dance. They are not ballet critics; they number dancers, instructors and sociologists. Yet the conclusions are stark.... "The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body" is fresh and compelling." [Full article at]

Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter

"In this unique text, Markula and Clark have edited a collection of essays that explore the transformation of the ballet body alongside an inquiry into the history and meaning of ballet. In addition to being dancers themselves, the contributors are scholars from a range of backgrounds, including gender studies, occupational therapy, and kinesiology.... Of particular interest is the book's emphasis on the different ways ballet dancers experience their bodies.... A fascinating work." C. Hauff, CHOICE Magazine, November 2018

C. Hauff, CHOICE Magazine

ISBNs: 9781772123340 978-1-77212-334-0 Title: the evolving feminine ballet body