Waltzing In The Dark

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The career of Norton and Margot, a ballroom dance team whose work was thwarted by the racial tenets of the era, serves as the barometer of the times and acts as the tour guide on this excursion through the worlds of African American vaudeville, black and white America during the swing era, the European touring circuit, and pre-Civil Rights era racial etiquette.

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Overview

The career of Norton and Margot, a ballroom dance team whose work was thwarted by the racial tenets of the era, serves as the barometer of the times and acts as the tour guide on this excursion through the worlds of African American vaudeville, black and white America during the swing era, the European touring circuit, and pre-Civil Rights era racial etiquette.

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“Here is a ... scholarship possessing funk, rigor and style...It is as sensuous as the artists she describes, employs a zigzagging, swinging approach to her topic and provides a useful guide in our ongoing struggle against the sands of invisibalisation.” —Bill T. Jones, choreographer

“...a rare and gifted writer, a gem of a cultural portraitist...she teaches us all how to write about dance, the cool and the hot, mind and motion, making it clear how black dance centers self-realization and the moral education of the world.” —Robert Farris Thompson, Trumbull Professor of the History of Art, Yale University

“With insight and honesty, the author reveals careers limited by racial oppression in the pre-Civil Rights-era US.” —Choice

“During the 1930s and 1940s, the African American vaudeville team of Norton and Margot danced gracefully in a country scarred by segregation. Their frustrations and satisfactions, emblematic of the lives of so many African American artists in their time, are chronicle with lyrical insight in Brenda Dixon Gottschild's Waltzing in the Dark.” —Journal of American History

Philadelphia Dance Alliance
(A] significant contribution....This work points up the power of the black dancing body to influence American culture.
Dance Critics Association Newsletter
Another significant contribution to the fields of dance, cultural and performance studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312214180
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Dixon Gottschild is Professor Emerita of dance studies at Temple University. She writes for Dance Magazine and performs with her husband, Hellmut Gottschild.

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Table of Contents

The Race Trope in Swing Era Performance
• From Marjorie Smith to Margot Webb
• Harlem, USA
• How Much Are You Worth? Managing Black Commodities
• The Expatriate Experience: Free to Be You and Me?
• How Much Are You Worth: Swing As Commodity
• The Legacy

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