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Ballet Class: An American History

Melissa R. Klapper


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


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