Juliet McMains started doing ballroom dancing as a teenager. Eventually she became professional ballroom dancer until she stopped competing in 2003. Her Senior thesis in the college was Tradition and Transgression: Gender Roles in Ballroom Dancing. She earned B.A. in Women's Studies from Harvard University and PhD in dance history and theory (2003) at the University of California, Riverside.
As of 2006[update], she is a teacher of World Dance History, Beginning Salsa and Beginning Tango at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her academic specializations include dance ethnography, social dance history, post-structural theory, cultural studies, and feminist theory.
- 2006: Juliet E. McMains, "Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry" Wesleyan University Press, ISBN 0-8195-6774-4
- 2002: Juliet McMains and Danielle Robinson. "Swinging Out: Southern California's Lindy Revival." in: I See America Dancing: Selected Readings, 1685-2000, Ed. Maureen Needham. University of Illinois Press
- "Dance fever: Recovery can be hard", by Nancy Wick, University Week (University of Washington), November 30, 2006
- "Permission to Follow: Interview with Juliet McMains", 15 February 2007
- A review of Glamour Addiction in the Dance Research Journal, Volume 40, Number 1, Summer 2008 doi:10.1353/drj.0.0012
- Juliet McMains biography
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