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Accepted Paper:

Dressing the body for a close embrace: movement, authenticity and shoes in Argentine tango  
Elia Petridou (University of the Aegean)

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Paper long abstract:

Since the 1980s, Argentinian tango has come back into fashion. In the venues around the globe where tango is danced socially (milongas), a new dancing style has emerged known as 'milonguero'. This is a style of a close embrace and small steps that aspires to be similar to what used to be danced in Buenos Aires in the 1940s. 'Milonguero' has attracted devoted supporters who strongly defend what they perceive as 'authentic' tango. An ethnographic research in the milongas of Athens, Greece sheds light on the politics of authenticity, gender and sexuality by focusing on the role of shoes and clothes in the shaping of body movement in tango.

Panel W041
Global movement: dance, choreography, style
  Session 1