Dancing Class

Dancing Class

Gender, Ethnicity, and Social Divides in American Dance, 1890-1920
Linda J. Tomko
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/22/2000
Format: Paperback 21 b&w photos, 4 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21327-3
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 2000

Tomko blazes a new trail in dance scholarship by interconnecting U.S. History and dance studies.... the first to argue successfully that middle-class U.S. women promoted a new dance practice to manage industrial changes, crowded urban living, massive immigration, and interchange and repositioning among different classes." —Choice

From salons to dance halls to settlement houses, new dance practices at the turn of the century became a vehicle for expressing cultural issues and negotiating matters of gender. By examining master narratives of modern dance history, this provocative and insightful book demonstrates the cultural agency of Progressive-era dance practices.

Author Bio

Linda J. Tomko is Associate Professor of Dance at the University of California, Riverside. She is President of the Society of Dance History Scholars and Co-Director of the annual Stanford University Summer Workshop in Baroque Dance. In 1997 she won the Gertrude Lippincott Prize, awarded by SDHS, for her article "Fete Accompli," published in Corporealities.

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