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Working Women and Dance in Progressive Era New York City, 1890-1920

Title: Working Women and Dance in Progressive Era New York City, 1890-1920.
Name(s): Bishop, Jennifer L., author
Jumonville, Neil, committee member
Perpener, John O., III, committee member
School of Dance, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2003
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study provides a historical examination of working women's relationship with social and theatrical dance in New York City during the Progressive Era. These years, between 1890 and 1920, were seminal in bringing America into the modern age, as well as providing a unique framework for women's activism against restrictive sociopolitical roles. The purpose of this thesis is to illuminate the relationship between New York City working class women, dance, and intellectual ideas in an attempt to broaden the scope of both dance studies and history. By utilizing historiography, women's studies, cultural studies, and movement analysis, this project addresses the shift of women (from Victorian to Modern) through the lens of dance. Social dancing, especially in dance halls, was an outlet for working class experimentation with new attitudes of social and financial independence, as well as in defining a more liberal attitude of sexuality. Likewise, the chorus girls of Ziegfeld's Follies used a theatrical medium in which to explore new identities of independence and sexuality. These high-grade chorines epitomized the working girl dream--they earned their own money while gallivanting through elite social circles. Throughout these two spheres--social or theatrical--the social and sexual transformation of women was underscored through ideas of conspicuous consumption and ethics of leisure.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3731 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Dance in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2003.
Date of Defense: June 6, 2003.
Keywords: Social Dancing, Working Women
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Neil Jumonville, Committee Member; John O. Perpener, III, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Dance
Women's studies
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Bishop, J. L. (2003). Working Women and Dance in Progressive Era New York City, 1890-1920. Retrieved from