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America dancing : from the cakewalk to the moonwalk

Author: Megan Pugh
Publisher: New Haven [Connecticut] : Yale University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The history of American dance reflects the nation's tangled culture. Dancers from wildly different backgrounds watched, imitated, and stole from one another. Audiences everywhere embraced the result as deeply American. Chronicling dance from the minstrel stage to the music video, Megan Pugh shows how freedom--that nebulous, contested American ideal--emerged as a genre-defining aesthetic. Ballerinas mingled with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Megan Pugh
ISBN: 9780300201314 0300201311
OCLC Number: 927314884
Description: xii, 398 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : an American style --
The cakewalk, America's first national dance --
Bill Robinson's dream --
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers pick themselves up --
Agnes de Mille's square dance --
Paul Taylor's bugle boy --
Michael Jackson's moonwalk.
Other Titles: From the cakewalk to the moonwalk
Responsibility: Megan Pugh.

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"As signifying dancers, men and women fly out of this deep, long-nurtured book. In clear and sensual prose, Megan Pugh has fashioned a history of modern America in gestures and movement. The pages Read more...

 
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