Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Lara Deeb

Reader 2

Kevin Williamson

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As heels dance establishes itself particularly as a recreational activity, I am interested in the social and theoretical implications behind its growing popularity. Recreational heels dance occupies an ambiguous place in discussions of representation, gaze, and audience. In this thesis paper I investigate three guiding questions about recreational heels dance: How does a heels dance class function as a social grouping and what does it offer practitioners as a leisure activity? How is the body engaged and related to by practitioners in a heels dance class? Is heels dance truly an empowering practice, and what does empowerment mean in context?

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.