Megan Pugh's America Dancing: From the Cakewalk to the Moonwalk PDF

By Megan Pugh

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 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 residence 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, although, 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 paintings, existence, and id, taking us to watershed moments whilst the country labored out a feeling of itself via public movement.

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