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Black Bottom to Broadway

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199754298
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.003.0001
Black Bottom to Broadway

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Chapter one traces the Panagiotopoulos brothers, Pantelis and Alkis from their origins in Aigio, Greece to their settling in Tennessee at the turn of the twentieth century. It discusses Pantelis’s role as Greek Consul to the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition, his marriage to Mary Aljeanne Huston, the birth of their three children, Panos, Vasso, and Hermes, the family confectionary business, and Pantelis’s death, impelling Mary to take the family to New York City and shorten their name to “Pan.” The chapter notes Hermes’s attraction to dancing at an early age, his fascination with Theda Bara, and his love for the African-American dance rhythms he learned at the Black Bottom, the name of the Black ghetto in Nashville.

Keywords: Panagiotopoulos brothers; Aigio; Greece; Tennessee; Pan; Black Bottom; Theda Bara

Chapter.  3583 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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