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226 ~ Dance Competitions in the U.S. ~ Part Two

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Today Dr. Klapper discusses the second of two episodes on the history of dance competitions in the US.  The first episode dealt with dance competitions more generally; this episode focuses on ballet competitions specifically.

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Pirouettes from the Past: Dance Competitions in America Part One

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On this first of a two part series, Dr. Klapper discusses dance competitions in the United States. Today’s episode focuses more generally on competitions as a whole while next month’s episode will focus specifically on ballet competitions.

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Pirouettes from the Past – History of Dance Recitals

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This episode looks at the history of dance recitals, which have been part of ballet class in America for a long time.

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Pirouettes from the Past – Relationships – Ballet vs. Modern Dance

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On this episode Dr. Klapper explores the contentious history of the early relationship between ballet and modern dance.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women’s history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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Pirouettes from the Past – The History of Leotards, Tights, and Tutus

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In this episode of Pirouettes form the Past, Dr. Klapper continues the theme of exploring the history of dancewear.  The episode traces the history of leotards, tights, and tutus.

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Pirouettes from the Past – The History of Pointe Shoes

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On this episode Dr. Klapper shares with us the history of pointe shoes.  Pointe shoes are taken for granted as an integral part of ballet, but they are actually a somewhat recent development within the context of many centuries of ballet history.

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Pirouettes from the Past ~ Race and Diversity Part Two

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This episode continues the discussion of the history of race, diversity, and ballet in America.  The focus in this episode is on the obstacles within the world of professional ballet that African American dancers faced throughout the twentieth century and continue to deal with today.

 

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Pirouettes from the Past – Chapter 13 – The History of Race, Diversity, and Ballet in America

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This chapter of Pirouettes from the Past features discusses the history of race, diversity, and ballet in America.  The focus in this episode is on African American children’s difficulties in gaining access to ballet class and the segregated studios where most of them had to go for training.

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Pirouettes from the Past – the transformative 1963 Ford Foundation ballet grants and the importance of arts funding

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This chapter of Pirouettes from the Past is about the transformative 1963 Ford Foundation ballet grants and the importance of arts funding.

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Pirouettes from the Past, Chapter 11 ~ The History of Dance Teacher Organizations in the United States

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In this episode of Pirouettes from the Past, Dr. Klapper discusses the history of dance teacher organizations in the United States.

Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women’s history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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