Why do queer women assume that they cannot move elegantly, gracefully, or lovingly on stage?
Dance produces bodies and ideas about our bodies. Different dance trainings and techniques create different body types and execution of movement. Moreover, dance normalizes ideas about racialized, gendered, aged and sexualized bodies.
However, there seems to be an unease with the idea of a dancing lesbian body. For years, the male gaze has left little room for queer female movers and relationships to take place on stage. Why? Why do queer women assume that they cannot move elegantly, gracefully, or lovingly on stage? Is because of their inherent queerness?
The astounding invisibility of lesbian dancing bodies in Western dance history a constructs a lesbian dancer as a contradiction. As a society, how can we make room for the feminine touch of the lesbian dancing and moving body on stage and in life?