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Author Graff, Ellen.

Title Stepping left : dance and politics in New York City, 1928-1942 / Ellen Graff.

Published Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 1997.


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 UniM Bail  792.8097471 GRAF    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [225]- 235) and index.
Contents 1. The Dance Is a Weapon -- 2. Proletarian Steps: Workers Dancing -- 3. Dancing Red -- 4. How Long Brethren?: Dancers Working -- 5. Dances for Spain, Dances for America -- 6. The People's Culture: Folklore on the Urban Stage -- 7. Dance and Politics -- App. I. Partial Chronology of Dance Events Sponsored by the Communist Party, Workers Dance League, New Dance League, American Dance Association -- App. II. Chronology of the Federal Dance Project -- App. III. Selected Poems and Songs.
Summary 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 the revolutionary vision promised by the Soviet Union. This account reveals the major contribution of Communist and left-wing politics to modern dance during its formative years in New York City.
Subject Dance -- Political aspects -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0822319489 (paperback: alk. paper)
0822319535 (alk. paper)