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City FolkEnglish Country Dance and the Politics of the Folk in Modern America$
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Daniel J. Walkowitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814794692

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814794692.001.0001

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Orderly Bodies

Orderly Bodies

Dancing New York, 1900–1914

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City Folk
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Daniel J. Walkowitz

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814794692.003.0003

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.

Keywords:   New York, London, England, early America, English Country Dance, transatlantic crossings, English dance traditions

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