Dance with a uniquely American identity first appeared in vaudeville and on Broadway—a performance art forged by the newness of the American experience. New York City emerged as the nation’s center of entertainment in the early twentieth century and fed a drive to discover a distinctly “American” sensibility that was unburdened by the past. The American Dream resonated with a sense of the new, and here, dance ranged from the staccato beat of tap and jazz dancing to the pulsating choreography of Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, and Bob Fosse.
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
October 4, 2013 through July 13, 2014