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By Megan Pugh

ISBN-10: 0300201311

ISBN-13: 9780300201314

The heritage of yankee dance displays the nation’s tangled tradition. Dancers from wildly various backgrounds realized, imitated, and stole from each other.  Audiences in every single place embraced the outcome as deeply American.
utilizing the tales of tapper invoice "Bojangles" Robinson, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, ballet and Broadway choreographer Agnes de Mille, choreographer Paul Taylor, and Michael Jackson, Megan Pugh exhibits how freedom—that nebulous, contested American ideal—emerges as a genre-defining aesthetic. In Pugh’s account, ballerinas mingle with slumming thrill-seekers, and hoedowns appear on elite opera condo phases. Steps invented through slaves on antebellum plantations captivate the British royalty and the Parisian avant-garde. Dances have been larger boundary crossers than their dancers, besides the fact that, and the problems of race and sophistication that hang-out lifestyle shadow American dance in addition. Deftly narrated, America Dancing demonstrates the centrality of dance in American paintings, existence, and identification, taking us to watershed moments whilst the country labored out a feeling of itself via public movement.

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