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Social dancing: At the Cotton Club and the Savoy

Social dancing: At the Cotton Club and the Savoy [videorecording]

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Moving imageUse in library *MGZIC 9-2942Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance


Additional Authors
  • Johnson, Howard.
  • Strohman, Scoby.
  • Darden, Norma Jean.
  • Ipiotis, Celia.
  • Bush, Jeffrey C.
  • ARC Videodance (Firm)
1 videocassette (U-matic, NTSC) (29 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences; 3/4 in.
Guests are Howard Johnson, a former Cotton Club dancer who is now a professor emeritus of sociology, and C. Scoby Strohman, a musician, dancer, and poet. In exploring the role of dance as a means of expression in the black community, they discuss the relationship of dance and music, which Strohman illustrates with an anecdote about the tap dancer Groundhog [Earl Basie], the cakewalk as a form of satire, the differences between black and white social dances and the influence of musician James "Europe" Reese on Vernon and Irene Castle, the derivation of the lindy hop, the creation of new dances at the Cotton Club, and competition in be bop dancing. Dance excerpts include b&w archival footage of the cakewalk, big apple, lindy hop, and jazz dancing. Strohman demonstrates the applejack and scat dancing in the style of Earl "Snake Hips" Tucker. In Esoterica balletica, Norma Jean Darden pays tribute to black women who popularized black dances: Ada Overton Walker (cakewalk), Elida Webb (Charleston), Fredi Washington (black bottom), and Katherine Dunham.
Series Statement
Eye on dance, 150
  • Produced by ARC Videodance as part of the television series Eye on dance. Recorded on February 21, 1985 at the studios of WNYC, New York. Telecast on March 11, 1985. Producers: Celia Ipiotis and Jeff Bush. Video director: Richard Sheridan. Program director: Celia Ipiotis. Technical director: Jeff Bush. Host: Celia Ipiotis.
Call Number
*MGZIC 9-2942
Social dancing: At the Cotton Club and the Savoy [videorecording]
Eye on dance, 150
Local Subject
Television. Social dancing.
Television. Eye on dance.
Television. Esoterica balletica.
Local Subject
Scat dancing.
Bebop dancing.
Social dancing -- Competitions.
Social dancing -- History.
Social dancing -- 20th century.
Added Author
Johnson, Howard. Interviewee
Strohman, Scoby. Interviewee
Darden, Norma Jean. Speaker
Ipiotis, Celia. Host. Producer. Director
Bush, Jeffrey C. Producer
ARC Videodance (Firm)
Research Call Number
*MGZIC 9-2942
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