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Stepping Left: Dance and Politics in New York City, 1928-1942
Stepping Left simultaneously unveils the radical roots of modern dance and recalls the excitement and energy of New York City in the 1930s. Ellen Graff explores the relationship between the modern dance movement and leftist political activism in this period, describing the moment in American dance history when the revolutionary fervor of "dancing modern" was joined with th ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 9th 1997 by Duke University Press Books
(first published June 18th 1997)
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A clearly written history of politics and modern dance in the 1930s; the over-the-top communist sincerity, the internecine squabbles, and the movement of modern dance from a people's art to high art. African American dancers get a cursory mention as opposed to white dancers pretending to be black, which was a misstep, but Graff is a clean writer and she tells an interesting story well - the chapter on the Federal Dance Project, with its ham-fisted management and belligerent dancers, is excellent ...more