Music

James Reese Europe’s Castle House Rag

I am currently reading Reid Badger’s biography of James Reese Europe, A Life in Ragtime, and popped over to YouTube to see if someone uploaded a recording of his band. According to Badger, Europe and his orchestra were the first black musicians to sign a major recording contract in 1913. They recorded three sessions (though …

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Dance Videos

Footage of Vernon and Irene Castle

The Castles filmed the first dance instruction video, “Social and Theatrical Dancing,”  in 1914, and as I browsed YouTube for clips of their creative partner and bandleader, James Reese Europe, I stumbled across clips of them dancing (with the added bonus of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle …

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Dance

Ragtime Dancing by Carol Teten

Welcome to the most influential dances of the early 20th century. These dances have shaped our social dance trends for almost 100 years. Below is an excerpt from Dances Through Time V2, which explains each dance, but you can also watch the dances individually in each section ANIMAL DANCES At the beginning of the 20th …

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