Dancing the Charleston

Author: Jacqueline Wilson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN:

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 464

View: 276

A brand new Jacqueline Wilson novel, full of glitz and glamour! Are you ready to trip the light fantastic with Mona? In a little cottage on the edge of the grand Somerset Estate, Mona lives with her aunt - a dressmaker to the lady of the house. Even though Mona never knew her mother and father, she knows Aunty tries to give her the best life she can. When Lady Somerset dies and a new member of the family inherits the house, life changes drastically for Mona. Suddenly she’s invited to dazzling balls, dines on delicious food and plays with wild new friends. But with these changes come secrets that Mona can’t dance away from. . . A fantastic stand-alone historical novel, perfect for fans of Hetty Feather and Wave Me Goodbye!

Swing Dancing

Author: Tamara Stevens

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 227

View: 922

Telling a riveting true story of the emergence and development of an American icon, this book traces swing dancing from its origins to its status as a modern-day art form. • Contains insights from personal interviews with a variety of prominent dancers, scholars, and historians • Presents a chronology of the emergence of vernacular American dancing and the development of swing, from colonial times to the present day • Includes numerous illustrations and photographs depicting the diverse influences on the genre, from legendary musicians to iconic swing dancers and more • Contains a select bibliography of diverse source material, such as books, films, and magazine and newspaper articles • Provides a helpful index offering access to names, places, people, and all important subjects

Satan in the Dance Hall

Rev. John Roach Straton, Social Dancing, and Morality in 1920s New York City

Author: Ralph G. Giordano

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 425

Satan in the Dance Hall explores the overwhelming popularity of social dancing and its close relationship to America's rapidly changing society in the 1920s. The book focuses on the fiercely contested debate over the morality of social dancing in New York City, led by moral reformers and religious leaders like Rev. John Roach Straton. Fed by the firm belief that dancing was the leading cause of immorality in New York, Straton and his followers succeeded in enacting municipal regulations on social dancing and moral conduct within the more than 750 public dance halls in New York City. Ralph G. Giordano conveys an easy to read and full picture of life in the Jazz Age, incorporating important events and personalities such as the Flu Epidemic, the Scopes Monkey Trial, Prohibition, Flappers, Gangsters, Texas Guinan, and Charles Lindbergh, while simultaneously describing how social dancing was a hugely prominent cultural phenomenon, one closely intertwined with nearly every aspect of American society fromthe Great War to the Great Depression. With a bibliography, an index, and over 35 photos, Satan in the Dance Hall presents an interdisciplinary study of social dancing in New York City throughout the decade.

Dancing in the English style

Consumption, Americanisation and national identity in Britain, 1918–50

Author: Allison Abra

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 438

This book illuminates the history of popular dance, one of the most influential and widespread leisure practices in early twentieth-century Britain. It focuses in particular on the relationship between dancing and national identity construction, in a period when Britain participated in increasingly global markets of popular cultural production, consumption, and exchange.

Dancing on Ice

Author: Jeremy Scott

Publisher: Old Street Pub

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 246

View: 691

Tells the story of the 1930 year-long expedition to the Arctic by Gino Watkins and fourteen other adventurous young men, including the author's father, and of the ordeal of Courtauld, who was stranded on the ice cap for five months until his rescue.

Popular Dance

From Ballroom to Hip-Hop

Author: Karen Lynn Smith

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Dance

Page: 169

View: 439

An introduction to popular dance, from ballroom to hip-hop, discussing the history, styles, and famous dancers and choreographers.

Dancing the Goddess Incarnate

Living the Magic of Maiden, Mother & Crone

Author: Kristin Madden

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 217

View: 999

A pagan guide to self-exploration--filled with meditations, games, magic tips, and herbal remedies--enables individuals to get in touch with each of the nine goddesses to unlock their creativity, rediscover play, strategize success, and nurture themselves. Original. 20,000 first printing.

Jazz Dance Styles and Steps for Fun

Author: Helene Andreu

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 264

View: 931

This book is a "must have" for dance lovers, with routines in nine different jazz styles. In JAZZ DANCE STYLES AND STEPS FOR FUN, all the steps are choreographed to suit the particular jazz style of that chapter. By the time you complete the book you'll understand the growth of American jazz dance and the various influences on its development. A finalist in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards, 2003. 5-STAR review, "an excellent and thoroughly 'user friendly' self-help resource" — Midwest Book Review. 5-STAR review, "healthy avenue for fun and exercise through excellent workouts in jazz" — ForeWordreviews.com.

Dance Between Two Cultures

Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the United States

Author: William Luis

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 311

Offers insights on Latino Caribbean writers born or raised in the United States who are at the vanguard of a literary movement that has captured both critical and popular interest. In this groundbreaking study, William Luis analyzes the most salient and representative narrative and poetic works of the newest literary movement to emerge in Spanish American and U.S. literatures. The book is divided into three sections, each focused on representative Puerto Rican American, Cuban American, and Dominican American authors. Luis traces the writers' origins and influences from the nineteenth century to the present, focusing especially on the contemporary works of Oscar Hijuelos, Julia Alvarez, Cristina Garcia, and Piri Thomas, among others. While engaging in close readings of the texts, Luis places them in a broader social, historical, political, and racial perspective to expose the tension between text and context. As a group, Latino Caribbeans write an ethnic literature in English that is born of their struggle to forge an identity separate from both the influences of their parents' culture and those of the United States. For these writers, their parents' country of origin is a distant memory. They have developed a culture of resistance and a language that mediates between their parents' identity and the culture that they themselves live in. Latino Caribbeans are engaged in a metaphorical dance with Anglo Americans as the dominant culture. Just as that dance represents a coming together of separate influences to make a unique art form, so do both Hispanic and North American cultures combine to bring a new literature into being. This new body of literature helps us to understand not only the adjustments Latino Caribbean cultures have had to make within the larger U.S. environment but also how the dominant culture has been affected by their presence.

Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism

Author: Thomas Brothers

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 720

View: 295

Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Biography. "Profoundly evocative and altogether admirable…The writing and detail are so brilliant that I found the volume revelatory." —Tim Page, Washington Post Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago’s music scene under the tutelage of Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations, but his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices. Thomas Brothers picks up where he left off with the acclaimed Louis Armstrong's New Orleans, following the story of the great jazz musician into his most creatively fertile years in the 1920s and early 1930s, when Armstrong created not one but two modern musical styles. Brothers wields his own tremendous skill in making the connections between history and music accessible to everyone as Armstrong shucks and jives across the page. Through Brothers's expert ears and eyes we meet an Armstrong whose quickness and sureness, so evident in his performances, served him well in his encounters with racism while his music soared across the airwaves into homes all over America. Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism blends cultural history, musical scholarship, and personal accounts from Armstrong's contemporaries to reveal his enduring contributions to jazz and popular music at a time when he and his bandmates couldn’t count on food or even a friendly face on their travels across the country. Thomas Brothers combines an intimate knowledge of Armstrong's life with the boldness to examine his place in such a racially charged landscape. In vivid prose and with vibrant photographs, Brothers illuminates the life and work of the man many consider to be the greatest American musician of the twentieth century.

Social Dancing in America

A History and Reference

Author: Ralph G. Giordano

Publisher: Greenwood Press

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 808

View: 172

Describes the history of social dancing in the United States from the complicated early set dances to modern breakdancing and the recent revival of swing, discussing how, why, and with whom Americans have danced.

The Wicked Waltz and Other Scandalous Dances

Outrage at Couple Dancing in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Author: Mark Knowles

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 557

The waltz, perhaps the most beloved social dance of the 19th and early 20th centuries, once provoked outrage from religious leaders and other self-appointed arbiters of social morality. Decrying the corrupting influence of social dancing, they failed to suppress the popularity of the waltz or other dance crazes of the period, including the Charleston, the tango, and “animal dances” such as the Turkey Trot, Grizzly Bear, and Bunny Hug. This book investigates the development of these popular dances, considering in particular how their very existence as “taboo” cultural fads ultimately provided a catalyst for lasting social reform. In addition to examining the impact of the waltz and other scandalous dances on fashion, music, leisure, and social reform, the text describes the opposition to dance and the proliferation of literature on both sides.

Ballroom Dancing

Author: Joan Freese

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN:

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 958

"Describes ballroom dancing, including history, training, moves, and competition"--Provided by publisher.

American Dance

The Complete Illustrated History

Author: Margaret Fuhrer

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 401

"A lavishly illustrated history of American dance; covers more than four centuries, from Native American ceremonial dances to the early 21st century; written by journalist and dancer Margaret Fuhrer"--

Swing

Author: Sue L. Hamilton

Publisher: ABDO

ISBN:

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 173

Describes the history, costume, training, and basics of swing dancing.

7,000 Clams

A Novel

Author: Lee Irby

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 339

Frank Hearn is a down-on-his-luck bootlegger and bruiser, looking for the big score in the heart of the Roaring Twenties. When he loses a shipment of top-quality booze to a double-crossing government thief, Frank hunts him down, roughs him up, and finds something that catches his eye. What at first appears to be a scrap of paper is actually a handwritten and unmistakably authentic IOU for $7,000, signed by Babe Ruth. Seven-thousand clams is a lot of money--and when Frank gets a tip that the Yankees are about to begin spring training in St. Petersburg, Florida, he wastes no time leaving New Jersey to track down the Babe. Frank thinks he's covered his bases: Along for the ride is a dangerous and curvy blonde named Ginger DeMore. She’s smart, she packs a snub-nose pistol in her purse, and she’s the perfect accomplice to help convince the Babe to cough up the dough. It seems like the perfect plan, but Frank and Ginger aren’t the only ones seeking their fortunes in Florida. 1920’s St. Pete is a veritable nest of vipers. Hustlers, gamblers, Yankee fans, and even a sociopath are lurking in the booming burg—not to mention a team of gangsters sent by a prominent Chicago mobster named Al Capone (who’s instructed his boys to scour the town for a curvy dame by the name of Ginger DeMore). In this taut Roaring Twenties crime novel, filled with colorful characters both real and imagined, Lee Irby takes readers straight into the authentic heart of the era, bringing to life all the sizzling style—from the slang and the fashions to the smell of bathtub gin. Worthy of a place at Elmore Leonard’s table, 7,000 CLAMS is an enormously entertaining tale and a superb fiction debut.

Dramatic Dance

An Actor's Approach to Dance as a Dramatic Art

Author: Darren Royston

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 393

Dance is part of the art of theatre, a part which connects to movement, to communication, to improvisation, and to performance. It cannot exist on its own in the context of dramatic performance, but works in conjunction with other elements to enable meanings to be created in performance. Dramatic Dance sets a programme for actors to perform dance as part of the drama, offering several approaches which can contribute to developing this understanding, to training this skill, and always ensuring that the whole active and thinking body and mind are fully engaged with the task of making dance an integral and vital part of theatre. To study dance in this way allows students to develop further their understanding of logic and structure in a dramatic text. Many books deal with one aspect of dance or another: some on dance training, some on dance history, some on Rudolf Laban's ideas, some as dance manuals, and some as academic papers. Dramatic Dance is the first book to act as a comprehensive guide for theatre practice, bringing together these different, complementary disciplines.

Social Dancing in America: Lindy Hop to Hip Hop, 1901-2000

Author: Ralph G. Giordano

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 403

View: 656

Describes the history of social dancing in the United States from the complicated early set dances to modern breakdancing and the recent revival of swing, discussing how, why, and with whom Americans have danced.