Download e-book for iPad: America Dancing: From the Cakewalk to the Moonwalk by Megan Pugh

By Megan Pugh

ISBN-10: 0300201311

ISBN-13: 9780300201314

The historical past of yankee dance displays the nation’s tangled tradition. Dancers from wildly diversified backgrounds discovered, imitated, and stole from each other.  Audiences in all places embraced the end result 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 levels. Steps invented via slaves on antebellum plantations captivate the British royalty and the Parisian avant-garde. Dances have been higher boundary crossers than their dancers, even if, and the problems of race and sophistication that hang-out daily life shadow American dance besides. Deftly narrated, America Dancing demonstrates the centrality of dance in American artwork, lifestyles, and id, taking us to watershed moments while the country labored out a feeling of itself via public movement.

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