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American Dance Marathons, 1928-1934 and the Social Drama and Ritual Process

Title: American Dance Marathons, 1928-1934 and the Social Drama and Ritual Process.
Name(s): Dunlop, Chelsea Rae, author
Sommer, Sally R., professor directing thesis
Young, Tricia H., committee member
Perpener, John O., III, committee member
School of Dance, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Americans first experienced and embraced dance marathons in 1923, after which these events quickly gained popularity. But the dance marathon that burst upon the scene as yet another fad in keeping with the ebullient nature of the 1920s was dissimilar in form and intent from the dance marathon as it would evolve during the depression years of the 1930s. Within a decade, dance marathons were quickly transformed into a combination of contest and entertainment, replete with spectacle, humor, horror, romance suspense, and drama. By applying Victor Turner's rites of passage and social drama theories to these contests, the dance marathon circuit is revealed to have been a society within, and to a great degree separate from, the larger American society. This viewpoint serves to demonstrate why and how the marathon developed as it did. The specific social drama that developed within the marathon was a smaller reflection of the nation's larger Meta drama – establishing the micro within the macro of society. Viewed from this perspective – as a secondary or alternate society – social drama is confirmed to be the main utility in its development.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0629 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Dance in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: November 3, 2006.
Keywords: Spectacle Entertainment, Gender Roles, Great Depression, Social Dance, Roaring Twenties, Walkathons
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Sally R. Sommer, Professor Directing Thesis; Tricia H. Young, Committee Member; John O. Perpener, III, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Arts
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Host Institution: FSU

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Dunlop, C. R. (2006). American Dance Marathons, 1928-1934 and the Social Drama and Ritual Process. Retrieved from