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Modern Moves: Dancing Race during the Ragtime and Jazz Eras

Danielle Robinson


This book examines the movement of American social dances between black and white cultural groups and immigrant and migrant communities during the early twentieth century. It is structured by five overlapping case studies drawn from the disparate and yet related dance scenes of Manhattan, a black Atlantic capital into which diverse people and dances flowed and intermingled, and out of which new dances were marketed globally. By looking at dance as social practice across conventional genre and race lines, this book demonstrates that modern social dancing, like Western modernity itself, was depe ... More

Keywords: modernity, black-white race relations, social mobility, European immigration, black migration, social dance, identity, New York City, dance teaching, appropriation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199779215
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779215.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danielle Robinson, author
Assistant Professor of Dance Studies, York University, Toronto, CA