People have always come together to move to music. In the process communities have been created, social divisions challenged, pleasure exalted over work and a billion relationships have blossomed. At the same time dancing bodies have often been subject to regulation – rules about when, where and how they can move, rules about who is allowed to dance with who, rules about what dancers can wear and put inside their bodies… That, in essence, is the ‘politics of dancing’. This site aims to be a celebration of dance as an affirmation of life in different times and places, sometimes dangerous times and places.
A great new blog from the people who brought you transpontine. Pieces so far include blues dances in 50s Notting Hill, dancing under the Nazis in France and an 1879 “drag ball” in Whitechapel.