Dancing New York, 1900–1914
This chapter explores the Anglo-American connection in the exchange of ideas that would help shape a folk revival in both New York and London. Even prior to World War I transatlantic crossings had brought country dance to the British colonies in the eighteenth century. Colonial Americans danced, and as a British colony, they inherited English dance traditions. It was English Country Dance, however—the dance tradition colonists shared with the mother county—that dominated most venues, whether it was the village taverns or the assembly halls of the growing metropolises, and most especially in the middle-Atlantic and northern regions. English Country Dance as the basis of an American national identity, then, belies the complicated transnational exchanges of cultural forms that informed dance in England and early America.
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