Telling a riveting true story of the emergence and development of an American icon, this book traces swing dancing from its origins to its status as a modern-day art form.
• Contains insights from personal interviews with a variety of prominent dancers, scholars, and historians
• Presents a chronology of the emergence of vernacular American dancing and the development of swing, from colonial times to the present day
• Includes numerous illustrations and photographs depicting the diverse influences on the genre, from legendary musicians to iconic swing dancers and more
• Contains a select bibliography of diverse source material, such as books, films, and magazine and newspaper articles
• Provides a helpful index offering access to names, places, people, and all important subjects
About the Author
Tamara Stevens is a swing dance performance and instructor who co-owns and operates the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA) in Pasadena, CA, where she teaches all styles of American Social dance.
Erin Stevens is co-owner of the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA) and is credited with bringing legendary Lindy Hopper dancer Frankie Manning out of retirement in the mid-1980s, thus re-igniting his swing dance career.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword vii
Chapter 1 Swing Dance: Born in the USA 1
Chapter 2 Bred in Minstrelsy, Raised in Rhythm 17
Chapter 3 Ragtime, Jazz, and Swing Dance Gets a Name 35
Chapter 4 It Started at the Savoy 51
Chapter 5 Whitey's Lindy Hoppers 67
Chapter 6 Swingin' in Hollywood 87
Chapter 7 A Dance by Any Other Name … (Various Styles of Partnered Swing) 109
Chapter 8 The Decline 123
Chapter 9 The Road to Resurgence 139
Chapter 10 The Second Era of Swing, and Beyond 161