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By Megan Pugh

ISBN-10: 0300201311

ISBN-13: 9780300201314

The background of yankee dance displays the nation’s tangled tradition. Dancers from wildly diverse backgrounds realized, imitated, and stole from each other.  Audiences in all places 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 indicates 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 residence levels. Steps invented via slaves on antebellum plantations captivate the British royalty and the Parisian avant-garde. Dances have been greater boundary crossers than their dancers, despite the fact that, and the problems of race and sophistication that hang-out lifestyle shadow American dance to boot. Deftly narrated, America Dancing demonstrates the centrality of dance in American paintings, lifestyles, and identification, taking us to watershed moments whilst the kingdom labored out a feeling of itself via public movement.

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