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Ballet Class: An American History

Melissa R. Klapper

Abstract

Surveying American ballet in 1913, Willa Cather reported that few girls expressed any interest in taking ballet class and that those who did were hard-pressed to find anything other than dingy studios and imperious teachers. A century later, ballet is everywhere. There are ballet companies across the United States; ballet is commonly featured in film, television, literature, and social media; professional ballet dancers are spokespeople for all kinds of products; nail polish companies market colors like “Ballet Slippers”; and, most importantly, millions of American children have taken ballet c ... More

Keywords: ballet, dance, childhood, education, arts, extracurricular, children, adolescents, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190908683
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190908683.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa R. Klapper, author
Professor of History and Director of Women's and Gender Studies, Rowan University, Glassboro