Dancing Class (Paperback)
Gender, Ethnicity, and Social Divides in American Dance, 1890-1920 (Unnatural Acts)
Indiana University Press, 9780253213273, 304pp.
Publication Date: January 22, 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.