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“A Possible Somewhere (an impossible scene setting)” 1

Mark Franko.

in Martha Graham in Love and War

June 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 12291 words.

This chapter discusses Voyage (1953) as a forgotten Graham work that rejects myth for personal reasons and attempts to apply psycho-dramatic techniques to the creation of choreography. It...

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Acting Ancient: Hellenism, Pageantry, and American Modernity

Mary Simonson.

in Body Knowledge

September 2013; p ublished online January 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 14481 words.

Conceptualized as a return to the pure, communal, spiritual experience of ancient art, pageants have long been understood as a divergence from other early twentieth-century art and...

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Aesthetics as Politics

Joanna Dee Das.

in Katherine Dunham

July 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 8184 words.

“Aesthetics as Politics” discusses how and why Dunham decided that her primary strategy to fight racism would be to create beautiful choreography rooted in Africanist aesthetics. After...

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Agnes de Mille

Kara Anne Gardner.

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Book. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 264 pages.

This book explores the Broadway legacy of choreographer Agnes de Mille, from the 1940s through the 1960s. Six musicals are discussed in depth—Oklahoma!, One Touch of Venus, Bloomer Girl, Ca...

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Ballet Nations

Clare Croft.

in Dancers as Diplomats

March 2015; p ublished online March 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 12906 words.

This chapter focuses on the New York City Ballet’s State Department–sponsored tour to the Soviet Union in 1962. One of the largest tours in State Department history, it was also one of the...

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Beat, Bebop, Birth of the Cool

Constance Valis Hill.

in Tap Dancing America

December 2009; p ublished online February 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: American Music; Dance. 19284 words.

This chapter begins with the tap challenge between the Peg Leg Bates and Hal LeRoy on The Ed Sullivan Show and ends with a challenge between dancers Bob Fosse and Tommy Raal in My Sister...

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Becoming a New Negro in Chicago

Joanna Dee Das.

in Katherine Dunham

July 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 9086 words.

“Becoming a New Negro in Chicago” delves into Dunham’s childhood and young adulthood in order to understand her artistic and intellectual foundations. Her early years in the Chicago suburbs...

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Bernstein Meets Broadway

Carol Oja.

August 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Book. Subjects: American Music; Dance. 416 pages.

This book constructs a wide-ranging cultural history to explore the earliest stage works of Leonard Bernstein, written during World War II: the Broadway musical On the Town, the ballet Fanc...

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Biographies Onstage On the Town’s Black Conductor,Dancers, and Singers

Carol J. Oja.

in Bernstein Meets Broadway

August 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: American Music; Dance. 16268 words.

Through collective biography, the careers of the African-American performers in On the Town are explored to gain a sense of educational, artistic, and employment opportunities under Jim...

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Black and Blue

Constance Valis Hill.

in Tap Dancing America

December 2009; p ublished online February 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: American Music; Dance. 26370 words.

This chapter begins with a tap challenge between Gregory Hines and veteran hoofers Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Slyde, Harold Nicholas, Arthur Duncan, and Sandman Sims in the 1989 film Tap. The...

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Body Knowledge

Mary Simonson.

September 2013; p ublished online January 2014 .

Book. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 304 pages.

In the early twentieth century, female performers regularly appeared on the stages and screens of American cities. Though advertised as dancers, mimics, singers, or actresses, they often...

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Bringing Ballet to Broadway

Kara Anne Gardner.

in Agnes de Mille

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 7638 words.

This chapter describes de Mille’s path to Broadway. After de Mille graduated from UCLA, she began a career as a choreographer, producing solo pieces with an emphasis on the stories of...

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Buck-and-Wing

Constance Valis Hill.

in Tap Dancing America

December 2009; p ublished online February 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: American Music; Dance. 12905 words.

This chapter begins with a dramatic account of a buck dance challenge between Bill (“Bojangles”) Robinson and Harry Swinton at Brooklyn’s Bijou Theatre, on March 30, 1900, and describes...

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Choreographing Salome: Re-creating the Female Body

Mary Simonson.

in Body Knowledge

September 2013; p ublished online January 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 9888 words.

In the years surrounding the premiere of Richard Strauss’s Salome at the Metropolitan Opera House, American vaudeville, dance, and film was flooded with Salome dancers of all stripes. This...

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Conclusion

Mark Franko.

in Martha Graham in Love and War

June 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 1769 words.

The 1940s and early 1950s are identified as a crucial period for Graham both professionally and personally. This chapter discusses Graham’s decline in the 1960s and the historical...

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Conclusion

Andrea Harris.

in Making Ballet American

December 2017; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 2884 words.

The Conclusion briefly examines the current state of the New York City Ballet under the auspices of industrial billionaire David H. Koch at Lincoln Center. In so doing, it to introduces a...

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Creating a Broadway Musical

Carol J. Oja.

in Bernstein Meets Broadway

August 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: American Music; Dance. 14237 words.

On the Town fused the creative voices of Fancy Free and The Revuers. This chapter chronicles the genesis of the, emphasizing how its key personnel crossed over freely between...

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Crossover Composition

Carol J. Oja.

in Bernstein Meets Broadway

August 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: American Music; Dance. 17837 words.

This chapter probes the distinctive compositional voice that Bernstein developed in On the Town, a style that relished high-low fusions while shunning existing cultural hierarchies....

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Dancers as Diplomats

Clare Croft.

March 2015; p ublished online March 2015 .

Book. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 268 pages.

This book examines the American government’s harnessing of dance to export an idealized image of “America,” focusing on the early decades of the Cold War and of the twenty-first century,...

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Dances of All Nations

Hannah Kosstrin.

in Honest Bodies

September 2017; p ublished online August 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; American Music. 22227 words.

This chapter argues that Anna Sokolow’s 1930s proletarian and anti-fascist choreographies contributed to an increasingly vibrant conversation with the transnational Left through shared...

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