Molly Engelhardt is an assistant professor of English at Texas A & M University–Corpus Christi. She has published works on Jane Austen, dance manias in Victorian medicine, and American cheerleaders and feminists in the 1970s popular press.
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Dancing out of Line transports readers back to the 1840s, when the craze for social and stage dancing forced Victorians into a complex relationship with the moving body in its most voluble, volatile form.
“The scope of Engelhardt’s research on Victorian dance and its cultural resonances is truly impressive, and the volume includes a number of wonderful anecdotes, examples, and illustrations from the dance history archives.…Engelhardt’s style is refreshing and fun—she weaves in casual references to popular culture, such as the high-school prom, hip hop, and Dirty Dancing—encouraging readers to see links between our own culture of dance and that of the Victorians with regard to topics such as socialization and courtship.”