In the 1920s and ’30s, social dancing was more popular in America than at any other time in history. Dancing happened almost anywhere people got together, infused with the same modern spirit that animated the art and architecture of the period. The popularity of dance created a vast infrastructure to support it, from sumptuous dance palaces to nightclubs and many other building types, often in the latest architectural styles. In this Art Deco Weekend talk, historian and instructor Walter Nelson uses images and film from the era to capture this lost world of social dance, correcting the very distorted view in today’s popular culture about how people danced in the past.
Organized by the Wolfsonian-FIU
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