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Working It Out on the Dance Floor

Title: Working It Out on the Dance Floor: The Role of Music and Dance Clubs in an Emerging Pansexual Culture.
Name(s): Rosendahl, Todd J., author
Bakan, Michael B., professor directing thesis
Gunderson, Frank, committee member
Ueno, Koji, committee member
College of Music, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis is a study of the merging of gay and straight dance club subcultures through an analysis of selected nightclubs in the city of Tallahassee, Florida. Fieldwork was conducted in two straight dance clubs that have incorporated specialized nights, known as 'metro nights' or 'house party nights,' where club promoters aim to bring in lesbian, gay, and bisexual patrons. The motivation for attending these clubs was the focus of the thesis. This study aimed to determine whether sociocultural changes, musical aesthetics, or both were responsible for bringing patrons to dance clubs regardless of their sexual orientations. An analysis of the answers collected from this fieldwork revealed patterns emerging that transcended both gender and sexual orientation. Ultimately, the study revealed that for many individuals, a combination of sociocultural and preferential/experiential factors were relevant, and for most the motivation drawing them to the club centered on issues of comfort and musical aesthetics. With the mixing of dance club subcultures, these club patrons and DJs are creating a new soundscape and social situation for those in the club. I posit that in transforming the traditions and conventions of dance club culture, these individuals are contributing to the creation of a more inclusive, pansexual club culture that allows for a celebration and experience of difference in gender and sexuality that is not always possible, let alone acceptable, in other contexts of mainstream culture.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1763 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the College of Music in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Music.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2009.
Date of Defense: March 19, 2009.
Keywords: Music, Dance, Dance Clubs, LGBT, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Sexuality, Metro, Motivation, Pansexual, Ethnomusicology, Soundscape
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Michael B. Bakan, Professor Directing Thesis; Frank Gunderson, Committee Member; Koji Ueno, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
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Owner Institution: FSU

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