Vicki Valosik

Writer, Editor, Teacher

Research on Aquatic Entertainment

I am currently working on a book about the history of aquatic performance and synchronized swimming. I have presented my research at the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport 2019 Congress (Universidad Europa, Madrid) and as a keynote speaker at the 2017 Sport and Leisure History Colloquium (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK). 

A few of my articles on aquatic performance and synchronized swimming are available below. Media inquiries may be directed to

    Hail, Caesar! and the Rise & Fall of the Aquamusical

    The Coen brother's newest film, Hail, Caesar! channels the glamour of the Golden-era "aquamusical," the splashy, pool-centric musical genre made popular by Esther Williams in the 1940s and early 1950s. Now a kitschy remnant of a bygone era, the aquamusical was spectacularly successful during its midcentury heyday when Esther Williams starred in more than twenty water-themed MGM films and became one of the top actresses in Hollywood.

    It’s Long Past Time for Male Synchronized Swimmers to Get Invited to the Olympics

    They slice past one another’s bodies, their sequined costumes reflecting sparkles of light in a thousand directions. He catches her foot and swings her, in a curved arc, around his body. There is a passionate pursuit, with grabbing and fleeing, a feigned strike to the face and a fleeting but exultant embrace. Like embattled lovers, their movements harmonize one moment and clash in discordant turbulence the next—and the audience loves it. This is not figure skating, nor is it ballet or even a tan