Research Talk – Dancing with the Hips, Butt, and Pelvis: Black Majorette/Dance Team Performance and the Politics of Pleasure
by Saroya Corbett, MFA (she, her)
Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in Dance
In this discussion, Saroya Corbett, Bolin Fellow in Dance, addresses the racialized and gender politics of dancing with the hips, butt, and pelvis. She examines Black culture’s engagement and complex relationship with the politics of respectability and pleasure. To contextualize these movement cultures, she explores the use of the mid-section in Black majorette/dance team performance, a movement practice that originates from the marching band culture at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Masks are required for all members of the audience.