The Dance-In and the Re/production of White Corporeality

Anthea Kraut

Abstract


This essay examines the figure of the “dance-in,” a stand-in who dances in place of a star prior to filming, focusing on two women who acted as surrogates and dance coaches for the mid-twentieth century white film star Betty Grable: a white woman named Angie Blue and an African American woman named Marie Bryant. Bringing together film studies theories of indexicality, performance studies theories of surrogation, and critical race theories of flesh and body, I argue that the dance-in helps expose how the fiction of white corporeality as a bounded and autonomous mode of being is maintained.


Keywords


dance-in; white corporeality; surrogation; indexicality; Betty Grable; Angie Blue; Marie Bryant

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/ijsd.v10i0.6514

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