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By Megan Pugh

The historical past of yank dance displays the nation’s tangled tradition. Dancers from wildly diverse backgrounds discovered, imitated, and stole from each other.  Audiences all over the place embraced the end result as deeply American.
 
utilizing the tales of tapper invoice "Bojangles" Robinson, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, ballet and Broadway choreographer Agnes de Mille, choreographer Paul Taylor, and Michael Jackson, Megan Pugh indicates how freedom—that nebulous, contested American ideal—emerges as a genre-defining aesthetic. In Pugh’s account, ballerinas mingle with slumming thrill-seekers, and hoedowns appear on elite opera apartment phases. Steps invented through slaves on antebellum plantations captivate the British royalty and the Parisian avant-garde. Dances have been larger boundary crossers than their dancers, despite the fact that, and the problems of race and sophistication that hang-out way of life shadow American dance in addition. Deftly narrated, America Dancing demonstrates the centrality of dance in American artwork, existence, and identification, taking us to watershed moments while the country labored out a feeling of itself via public movement.

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