Ethno Identity Dance for Sex, Fun and Profit

Staging Popular Dances Around the World

  • Anthony Shay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Anthony Shay
    Pages 1-23
  3. Ethno-Identity Dance for Sex

  4. Dancing for Profit

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-152
  5. Dancing for the Nation

  6. Anthony Shay
    Pages 229-232
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-270

About this book


People all over the world dance traditional and popular dances that have been staged for purposes of representing specific national and ethnic groups. Anthony Shay suggests these staged dance productions be called “ethno identity dances”, especially to replace the term “folk dance,” which Shay suggests should refer to the traditional dances found in village settings as an organic part of village and tribal life. Shay investigates the many motives that impel people to dance in these staged productions: dancing for sex or dancing sexy dances, dancing for fun and recreation, dancing for profit - such as dancing for tourists - dancing for the nation or to demonstrate ethnic pride. In this study Shay also examines belly dance, Zorba Dancing in Greek nightclubs and restaurants, Tango, Hula, Irish step dancing, and Ukrainian dancing.


performance folk traditional world belly Greek hula tango Irish Ukranian multicultural international culture indigenous heritage history

Authors and affiliations

  • Anthony Shay
    • 1
  1. 1.Pomona CollegeClaremontUSA

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