Lawrence, T. 2016. “Life and Death on the Pulse Dance Floor: Transglocal Politics and the Erasure of Latinx in the in the History of Queer Dance.”

Lawrence, Tim. 2016. “Life and Death on the Pulse Dance Floor: Transglocal Politics and the Erasure of the Latinx in the History of Queer Dance”. DanceCult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 8(1): 1-25.

“although distinctive, the discursive erasure of the specifically queer Latinx finds a partial echo in the way that Latin culture has been marginalised in writing on dance culture” (1) — the ways that larger cultural violence against queer communities does not inform the motive of the assailant, but more so demonstrates the ongoing strain of physical/symbolic violence against queer POC – something white queer communities do not frequently face.

Queer Latinx communities as place of belonging for people on the margins, including queer women – in response to colonialism and neoliberalism (10) – combining global and local (see also Blake Scott and Dingo 2012) while “moving through space or across lines, as well as changing up the nature of something” (see Aihwa Ong 1999: 4, here 11).  Influence on salsa on dance/dance music underreported, roles of Latinx queens and performers in ballroom culture; obscuring of sexualities that were ‘not Latin enough’ for membership – EDMC as place to establish identity/community.

Stories marginalized by undocumentation, language barriers, historical physical attack of these spaces/clubs – political AND symbolic subcultural marginalization (11).

“The point is that key Latinx figures never get to be mentioned in passing, as if they were incidental, when in fact that it could be argued that, to adapt Sublette’s phrase (kx^ who?), the commonplaces of Latinx music have become commonplaces of dance music” (12) – progressing through disco origins of the 1970s – incorporating traits of Latin music (instruments, beats, “colour”)  — whitened by Eurodisco and the BeeGees, leaving R+B dance cross-overs as the “color” in the culture – establishing binary color lines even within these communities.


Blake Scott, J., and Rebecca Dingo (eds.). 2012. The “Megarhetorics” of Global Development. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Ong, Aihwa. 1999. Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality. Durham: Duke University Press.


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