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By Ralph G. Giordano

State & Western Dance turns the highlight on a uniquely American kind of dance, person who has been scuffing the floorboards for almost a century yet is usually ignored. enjoyable, vigorous, and punctiliously researched, this revealing quantity tells the entire tale of state and western dance track from the times of Bob Wills and Tulsa to Oklahoma's Cain's Ballroom to John Travolta and Gilley's of Houston, Texas. every one bankruptcy presents details at the historic roots of the most well-liked nation and western dances in addition to the pioneers of the tune of a selected period, all within the context of adjusting cultural, social, political, and fiscal forces in the USA. The publication additionally examines the seminal influence of radio, tv, and the flicks in supporting unfold the song, the strikes, and the great occasions at the kingdom dance flooring.

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Within the first year of the end of the war, over 3 million women left the workforce and became newly married or reunited with soldier-husbands. Birth rates increased dramatically, and the baby boom began. Within the postwar period, many strived for a newly idealized “American Dream” of home ownership, marriage, family, and consumerism—a dream that was continually portrayed in television and other mass-market media such as magazines and newspapers. S. foreign policy of the containment of Communism was first and foremost in the minds of all Americans.

The event was captured on live television and repeated on the news stations repeatedly, making Ruby a national figure. Another location in East Dallas was the Debonair Danceland Westernplace, with a capacity of 1,000 that opened during the late 1960s. It maintained an atmosphere of Country & Western music and dancing throughout the 1990s. ” Another Dallas dance hall that maintained the honky-tonk tradition was the Top Rail Ballroom. ” Others in West Texas included Lubbock’s Cotton Club, Amarillo’s Aviatrix Ballroom, the Stampede, and the Farmer’s Daughter.

26 Country & Western Dance music, Ginell noted, there was “top-notch jitterbugging, jumping around, cutting loose and going crazy” (xxvi). During the 1940s and into the 1950s, Western Swing music drew large crowds in and around Venice and the Los Angeles area. Some of the most well-known clubs that were home to popular Western Swing bands included the Venice Pier Ballroom, the Riverside Rancho in Los Feliz, and the Santa Monica Ballroom. By the late 1940s, however, a square dance movement throughout the United States overshadowed traditional Country & Western dancing.

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