The author is at his best when piecing together anecdotes about a particular dancer’s life experiences or performance/creation process. Countless examples of this are in his book, which is why the text is still worth reading and valuable to dance.
Wendy Ballard is adjunct faculty at Washington University, where she teaches tap dance. She holds a BFA in dance from Webster University, an MA in American Culture Studies (with a focus on American percussive dance) from Washington University, and is a licensed massage therapist.
Posts by Wendy Ballard
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.