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Queer Dance$
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Clare Croft

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199377329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199377329.001.0001

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Aunty Fever

Aunty Fever

A Queer Impression

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Queer Dance

Kareem Khubchandani

Oxford University Press

This essay attends to origin stories of queerness and dance from the author’s younger years, to suggest that his contemporary manifestations of queer dance emerge from contexts that may not traditionally be labeled as “queer” or “dance.” He describes dance pedagogies offered by his Indian aunties in Ghana, to explain how they inform his queer choreographies and politics as a drag queen performing in the multicultural US nightclub and online. Specifically, he considers how he creates his drag persona, LaWhore Vagistan, blending Bollywood vocabulary and music with drag queen performance in a way that exceeds a colonizing, patriarchal, femme-phobic gaze.

Keywords:   drag, queer choreographies, Ghana, queer dance, Indian aunties

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