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Dancing across Borders Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos


Dancing across Borders Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos by Olga Najera-Ramirez

This book explores Mexican popular and traditional dance practices on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, addressing questions of authenticity, aesthetics, identity, interpretation, and research methodologies in dance performance. Contributors include not only noted scholars from a variety of disciplines but also several dance practitioners who reflect on their engagement with dance and reveal subtexts of dance culture. Contributors are Norma E. Cantu, Susan Cashion, Maria Teresa Cesena, Xochitl C. Chavez, Adriana Cruz Manjarrez, Renee de la Torre Castellanos, Peter J. Garcia, Rudy F. Garcia, Chris Goertzen, Martha Gonzalez, Elisa Diana Huerta, Sydney Hutchinson, Marie Keta Miranda, Olga Najera-Ramirez, Shakina Nayfack, Russell Rodriguez, Brenda M. Romero, Nancy Lee Chalfa Ruyter, Jose Sanchez Jimenez, and Alberto Zarate Rosales.


This stimulating collection sets a new standard for anthropological dance studies far beyond its U.S.-Mexico focus. Daniel Sheehy, author of Mariachi Music in America: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

About the Author

Olga Najera-Ramirez is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Norma E. Cantu is a professor of English at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Brenda M. Romero is an associate professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Publication date

26th May 2009


Olga Najera-Ramirez

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University of Illinois Press


432 pages


Cultural studies



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