RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 182523081 LA English UL http://public.eblib.com/choice/publicfullrecord.aspx?p=792187 T1 Vernon and Irene Castle's ragtime revolution A1 Golden, Eve., PB University Press of Kentucky PP Lexington, Ky. YR 2007 SN 9780813172699 0813172691 AB Vernon and Irene Castle popularized ragtime dancing in the years just before World War I and made dancing a respectable pastime in America. The whisper-thin, elegant Castles were trendsetters in many ways: they traveled with a black orchestra, had an openly lesbian manager, and were animal-rights advocates decades before it became a public issue. Irene was also a fashion innovator, bobbing her hair ten years before the flapper look of the 1920s became popular. From their marriage in 1911 until 1916, the Castles were the most famous and influential dance team in the world. Their dancing school.