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Waltzing Through Europe: Attitudes towards Couple Dances in the Long Nineteenth Century

Waltzing Through Europe: Attitudes towards Couple Dances in the Long Nineteenth Century Egil Bakka et al. (eds)

From ‘folk devils’ to ballroom dancers, Waltzing Through Europe explores the changing reception of fashionable couple dances in Europe from the eighteenth century onwards.

A refreshing intervention in dance studies, this book brings together elements of historiography, cultural memory, folklore, and dance across comparatively narrow but markedly heterogeneous localities. Rooted in investigations of often newly discovered primary sources, the essays afford many opportunities to compare sociocultural and political reactions to the arrival and practice of popular rotating couple dances, such as the Waltz and the Polka. Leading contributors provide a transnational and affective lens onto strikingly diverse topics, ranging from the evolution of romantic couple dances in Croatia, and Strauss’s visits to Hamburg and Altona in the 1830s, to dance as a tool of cultural preservation and expression in twentieth-century Finland.

Waltzing Through Europe creates openings for fresh collaborations in dance historiography and cultural history across fields and genres. It is essential reading for researchers of dance in central and northern Europe, while also appealing to the general reader who wants to learn more about the vibrant histories of these familiar dance forms.



Waltzing Through Europe: Attitudes towards Couple Dances in the Long Nineteenth-Century
Egil Bakka, Theresa Jill Buckland, Helena Saarikoski and Anne von Bibra Wharton (eds) | Forthcoming 2020
ISBN Paperback: 9781783747320
ISBN Hardback: 9781783747337
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783747344
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783747351
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783747368
ISBN Digital (XML): 9781783747375
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0174
Categories: BIC: ASD (Dance), HBTB (Social and cultural history), 1D (Europe), 3J (Modern period, c. 1500 onwards); BISAC: MUS011000 (MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Dance),  HIS054000 (HISTORY / Social History)

Egil Bakka, is Professor Emeritus of Dance Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and used to be the Director of the Norwegian Centre for Traditional Music and Dance. He built a full local program in Ethnochoreology, and, in collaboration with six other universities, he developed two international Masters programs – NoMAds (Nordic Master in Dance Studies) and Choreomundus (International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage) – which he coordinated. His latest publications include ‘Theorizing and De-Theorizing Dance’ (2018) and ‘Museums, Dance, and the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage: "Events of Practice” – A New Strategy for Museums?’ (with Tone Erlien, 2017).

Theresa Jill Buckland is Professor of Dance History and Ethnography, Department of Dance, University of Roehampton, London. Her edited books include Dancing from Past to Present (2006) and Folklore Revival Movements in Europe post 1950 (with Daniela Stavělová, 2018). She is also the sole author of Society Dancing: Fashionable Bodies in England 1870-1920 (2011).

László Felföldi is a Lecturer and Titular University Professor of the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, at the University of Szeged, Hungary. He is the former leader of the Department of Folk Dance in the Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Co-Founder of Choreomundus.

Dorota Gremlicová is Professor in Dance Studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. She is a dance historian, choreologist, pedagogue, and dance critic specialising in theatrical dance. Her books include Stopy Tance: Taneční Prameny a Jejich Interpretace [Traces of Dance: Dance Sources and their Interpretation] (2007) and Tanec a společnost [Dance and Society] (2009).

Sille Kapper is Associate Professor of Folk Culture (Folk Dance) at the Baltic Film, Media, Art and Communication School in Tallinn University, Estonia. She has been a practising dance teacher since 1986, and since 2014 the Artistic Director of Estonian Folklore Ensemble Leigarid. In 2013, she completed her PhD ('Changing Traditional Folk Dance: Concepts and Realizations in Estonia 2008-2013') in the field of cultural studies at the Estonian Institute of Humanities. Her research activities are mainly focussed on traditional dance of former and contemporary societies, and the folk dance movement, including its recreational dimension and standard stage folk dance in Estonia. She is actively involved in the Estonian Song and Dance Celebrations; she is a board member of CIOFF-Estonia; a folk dance mentor at the Estonian Folk Dance and Folk Music Association; and a council member of the Union of Estonian Dance Education and Dance Artists.

Ivana Katarinčić has worked at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb, Croatia, since 2005. Her articles have been published in scientific and professional journals and books. Her scholarly work has been promoted through active participation at international conferences in Croatia and abroad. Ivana is a member of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) as well as the Croatian National Committee of the ICTM. She is an Editor of the journal Narodna umjetnost: Croatian Journal of Ethnology and Folklore Research.

Rebeka Kunej is Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Ethnomusicology.  She is author of the book Štajeriš: podoba in kontekst slovenskega ljudskega plesa [The Štajeriš: The Form and Context of a Slovenian Folk Dance] (2012) and co-author of the book Music from Both Sides (2017).

Iva Niemčić is research Associate and Director (2019-2023) of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research (IEF) in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2007, she obtained doctoral degree in the field of ethnology, with her PhD dissertation on 'Dance and Gender' at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb. Niemčić is the author of Lastovski poklad. Plesno-etnološka studija [Lastovo Carnival. Dance Ethnology Study] (2011).

Mats Nilsson is Associate Professor in Ethnology at the Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His main research fields include: dance, dancing, dancers and the discourse about dance through time and space. He teaches fieldwork methodologies and ethnological perspectives at all levels of university education. Nilsson is also a dance teacher, who specialises in folk- and old-time dances. As a member of folk dance groups he has toured in Europe, Peru, Malaysia, and Japan.

Helena Saarikoski is Adjunct Professor of Folklore and Women’s Studies, University of Helsinki. She is a Helsinki-based folklorist, specialising in youth and girls’ studies and ethnographic studies of popular culture.

Daniela Stavělová is Director of Research in Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology at the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and Associate Professor in Dance Studies of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. Her research interests are focused on ethnochoreology, dance anthropology, historical records of the traditional dance, nationalism and revival.

Jörgen Torp received his PhD (in Systematic Musicology) from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 2007. He is author of Alte atlantische Tangos: Rhythmische Figurationen im Wandel der Zeiten und Kulturen [Old Atlantic Tangos: Rhythmic Figures through Different Ages and Cultures] (2007), a book focusing on aspects of various forms of tangos on both sides of the southern Atlantic around and before 1900. His research interests include studies in music and dance. For more than thirty years he has been a member of the ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music) and, for more than twenty-five years, a member of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology.

Anne von Bibra Wharton teaches ballroom and world dance traditions in the Dance Department at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She has served as Secretary of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreolgy and as an editor for multiple study group proceedings. Among her research interests are continuity and change in social dance forms in the Franconian region of Germany, which include many round dances.

Tvrtko Zebec is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb, where he was the Director of the Institute from 2011-2015. He has been its Deputy Director since 2019. Zebec is also Honorary Professor and Visiting Scholar at Choreomundus, and Chair of the Publication Committee and member of the Board of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology. He is also Artistic Director of the Zagreb Folklore Festival.