Dancing Till Dawn: A Century of Exhibition Ballroom Dance

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Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Performing Arts - 174 pages
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This fascinating book explores the rich history of exhibition ballroom dancing from its heyday in the 1910s to the present. Julie Malnig's record of this intimate, theatrical genre of dance features male-female teams--idolized as theatre personalities in cabaret, vaudeville, musicals, and, later, as stars of film and television. Both role models and teachers, exhibition ballroom teams showed the public exciting new forms and styles.

Exhibition ballroom dancing is examined as a cultural and social phenomenon promoting new cultural standards, including the emancipation of women and a casualness and spontaneity between the sexes. A comprehensive study of this dance genre and entertainment form, this volume utilizes unexplored primary sources and is illustrated with original photographs. This book can be used by students, researchers, and anyone interested in the history of dance, theatre, and all forms of popular entertainment.

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Contents

The Origins and Rise of Exhibition Ballroom Dance
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Career Paths of the Early Innovators
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Cabaret Dancing
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Julie Malnig holds a PhD in performance studies from New York University and teaches seminars on research and writing for a master's degree program at NYU's Gallatin Division. She is an editor for Women & Performance journal and The Feminist Press at the City University of New York. She also has academic and professional credits as a director and actress. Her articles have appeared in Performing Arts Resources, The Passing Show, and other publications, as well as in anthologies and reference books including Theatrical Directors, forthcoming from Greenwood Press.

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