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Folk Dancing

Author : Erica M. Nielsen
ISBN : 9780313376894
Genre : Performing Arts
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This overview of folk dancing in the United States showcases an important historical movement and explains how folk dance communities evolved to fulfill the needs of specific groups of people over time. • Presents information based upon hundreds of candid interviews and informal conversations with folk dancers across the country • Provides a timeline of dance trends in North America as related to the folk dance movement • Features diagrams of dance formations such as square dance, quadrilles, and contra dance as well as illustrations showing dance positions and community dance events from pre-20th century sources • Presents original photographs and images collected from interviewees to illustrate different facets of recreational dance communities • Contains a bibliography of resources that covers a broad scope of folk dance history as well as specific recreational communities • Includes a glossary of commonly used folk dance terms

Going Out

Author : David Nasaw
ISBN : 0674356225
Genre : Social Science
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David Nasaw has written a sparkling social history of twentieth-century show business and of the new American public that assembled in the city's pleasure palaces, parks, theaters, nickelodeons, world's fair midways, and dance halls. The new amusement centers welcomed women, men, and children, native-born and immigrant, rich, poor and middling. Only African Americans were excluded or segregated in the audience, though they were overrepresented in parodic form on stage. This stigmatization of the African American, Nasaw argues, was the glue that cemented an otherwise disparate audience, muting social distinctions among "whites," and creating a common national culture.

Choreographing Identities

Author : Anthony Shay
ISBN : 9780786451531
Genre : Performing Arts
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Throughout its history, the United States has become a new home for thousands of immigrants, all of whom have brought their own traditions and expressions of ethnicity. Not least among these customs are folk dances, which over time have become visual representations of cultural identity. Naturally, however, these dances have not existed in a vacuum. They have changed—in part as a response to ever-changing social identities, and in part as a reaction to deliberate manipulations by those within as well as outside of a particular culture. Compiled in great part from the author’s own personal dance experience, this volume looks at how various cultures use dance as a visual representation of their identity, and how “traditional” dances change over time. It discusses several “parallel layers” of dance: dances performed at intra-cultural social occasions, dances used for representation or presentation, and folk dance performances. Individual chapters center on various immigrant cultures. Chiefly the work focuses on cultural representation and how it is sometimes manipulated. Key folk dance festivals in the United States and Canada are reviewed. Interviews with dancers, teachers, and others offer a first-hand perspective. An extensive bibliography encompasses concert programs and reviews as well as broader scholarly sources.

Satan In The Dance Hall

Author : Ralph G. Giordano
ISBN : 9780810863637
Genre : Performing Arts
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Satan in the Dance Hall explores the overwhelming popularity of social dancing and its close relationship to America's rapidly changing society in the 1920s. The book focuses on the fiercely contested debate over the morality of social dancing in New York City, led by moral reformers and religious leaders like Rev. John Roach Straton. Fed by the firm belief that dancing was the leading cause of immorality in New York, Straton and his followers succeeded in enacting municipal regulations on social dancing and moral conduct within the more than 750 public dance halls in New York City. Ralph G. Giordano conveys an easy to read and full picture of life in the Jazz Age, incorporating important events and personalities such as the Flu Epidemic, the Scopes Monkey Trial, Prohibition, Flappers, Gangsters, Texas Guinan, and Charles Lindbergh, while simultaneously describing how social dancing was a hugely prominent cultural phenomenon, one closely intertwined with nearly every aspect of American society fromthe Great War to the Great Depression. With a bibliography, an index, and over 35 photos, Satan in the Dance Hall presents an interdisciplinary study of social dancing in New York City throughout the decade.

Rock N Roll Dances Of The 1950s

Author : Lisa Jo Sagolla
ISBN : 9780313365577
Genre : Performing Arts
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This descriptive and analytic study examines how 1950s rock 'n' roll dancing illuminates the larger cultural context out of which the dancing arose. • Period, archival photos • A bibliography of books, articles, videos, films, and recordings documenting the history of 1950s rock 'n' roll music and dancing • A detailed index allowing the book to be easily used as a reference source for research on social dance, rock 'n' roll, and American popular culture

Swing Dancing

Author : Tamara Stevens
ISBN : 9780313375170
Genre : Music
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Telling a riveting true story of the emergence and development of an American icon, this book traces swing dancing from its origins to its status as a modern-day art form. * Contains insights from personal interviews with a variety of prominent dancers, scholars, and historians * Presents a chronology of the emergence of vernacular American dancing and the development of swing, from colonial times to the present day * Includes numerous illustrations and photographs depicting the diverse influences on the genre, from legendary musicians to iconic swing dancers and more * Contains a select bibliography of diverse source material, such as books, films, and magazine and newspaper articles * Provides a helpful index offering access to names, places, people, and all important subjects

Country Western Dance

Author : Ralph G. Giordano
ISBN : 9780313365546
Genre : Music
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Discusses the uniquely American history of country and western dance, from the 1920s to the present.

Disco Dance

Author : Lori Ortiz
ISBN : 9780313377464
Genre : Performing Arts
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This book sheds light on the fascinating untold story behind what is collectively and disputably called "disco dancing," and the incredible effect that the phenomenon had on America—in New York City and beyond. * Provides information from interviews with famed disco dancers, the DJs who worked in concert with them, and habitual club goers * Contains dancers' playlists and quotes from period musicians * Includes archival art and photographs

Latin Dance

Author : Elizabeth Drake-Boyt
ISBN : 9780313376085
Genre : Performing Arts
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This title in the American Dance Floor series provides an overview of the origins, development, and current status of Latin social dancing in the United States. * Provides information from interviews conducted with Latin social dancers in the United States * Contains photographs that illustrate the body alignment, mood, and wide variety of context of Latin social dancers, as well as Latin musicians and musical instruments * A bibliography contains entries useful for further investigation into the topic of Latin dances * Appendices indicate basic online resources for Latin social dancing in the United States and provide a filmography of Latin dances organized according to style

Hip Hop Dance

Author : Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
ISBN : 9780313378454
Genre : Performing Arts
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This guide provides an overview of the history of hip hop culture and an exploration of its dance style, appropriate both for student research projects and general interest reading. * A chronology of the development of hip hop from the 1970s to the present * Black and white photographs of the various dance movements * Bibliography of significant materials for further reading * Detailed explanations of dance terms * Helpful indexes with convenient access to various topics of interest throughout the book

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