Turn It Out, Fever

Sideshow - Philly Soundworks

One of the other major dancing memoirs of the twentieth century was Elaine Fulham's "Infinite Skank," a slim book, and a sort of künstlerroman about her struggle to become an accepted member of the skanking community. In her book, Fulham discusses the ways in which she tried to develop her skanking technique: how she would run for hours along the streets of Austin to build her endurance; how she researched the elements of the skank so she could build her style up from the very fundaments of the form; how she watched specially compiled DVDs of skanking footage to get a better idea of the variant styles out there in the world. There was also the time she spent wearing a special skanking suit--in its way, a sort of sensory deprivation device--which restricted her movements only to the prescribed strikes, fidgets, and turns of the perfect skank (or the Ultimate Skank, as Fulham refers to it). Much of the book consists of Fulham's anecdotes about her search for a state of mind she called 'skankfulness,' in which the dancer is not even aware of his or her own movements, but performs the necessary moves in a kind of autonomic trance.

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