[Local events] FWD: Tue 12/1, Megan Pugh at Powell's

David Abel david at thetextgarage.com
Sun Nov 15 23:03:25 PST 2015

*Megan Pugh*

talking about her new book

*/America Dancing: From the Cakewalk to the Moonwalk/* 

*Tuesday, December 1*
7:30 pm

*Powell's Books*
1005 W. Burnside


An exuberant history of American dance, told through the lives of 
virtuoso performers who have defined the art.

Using the stories of tapper Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Ginger Rogers and 
Fred Astaire, ballet and Broadway choreographer Agnes de Mille, 
choreographer Paul Taylor, and Michael Jackson, Megan Pugh shows how 
freedom—that nebulous, contested, American ideal—emerges as a 
genre-defining aesthetic.

In Pugh's account, ballerinas mingle with slumming thrill-seekers, and 
hoe-downs show up on elite opera house stages. Steps invented by slaves 
captivate British royalty and the Parisian avant-garde. Dances were 
better boundary-crossers than their dancers, however, and the issues of 
race and class that haunt everyday life shadow American dance as well.
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