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America Dances! 1897-1948

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America Dances! 1897-1948


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A Collector's Edition of Social Dance in Film!

More than 60 original film clips with silent films, newsreels, instructional films, feature film excerpts. Features dance legends Irene and Vernon Castle, Leon James, Al Minns, and Whitey's Lindy Hoppers.

Carol Téten founder and former owner of Dancetime Publications has always had a passion: to shine a spotlight on the art of historical dance. A teacher, scholar, choreographer, and publisher, Ms. Téten is one of the world’s leading experts in her field. Among the many distinctions of her 45-year career, she initiated the Department of Dance at Dominican College; was commissioned by the Bat Sheva Dance Company in Israel and the Spoleto Arts Festival in Italy; conducted academic presentations at Harvard University and UCLA; and guest taught at the San Francisco Ballet and London’s Drama Studio. Devoted to her mission, she also founded a professional dance company, Dance Through Time, followed by a dance video publishing house, Dancetime Publications, for the study and practice of historical dance. To create the knowledge base for her companies, Ms. Téten conducted thousands of hours of dance history research throughout libraries and archives in Europe and America. She taught herself to read and translate eight obsolete dance notation systems and amassed a collection of 1,000 rare books, manuscripts, journals, film clips, and other materials. The result of her studies is a monumental contribution to the field of historical dance. As a dancer and choreographer, Ms. Téten’s curiosity about historical dance brought her beyond viewing original manuscripts and video clips. To further her pursuit, she brought her love of historical dance to life by choreographing performances of previously forgotten early and vintage dances. Ms. Téten also choreographed and directed six full-length historic dance productions highlighting social dance as an expressive window to its historic era.

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