Dance History of the Ragtime, Jazz, and Swing Eras

Richard Powers

Originally broadcast: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Rebroadcast: Thursday, September 10, 2020

7:00pm EDT

Online via Zoom

About the Presentation

Richard’s presentation has three parts. First is the lively story of the crazy Ragtime Era dance mania, including the story of Vernon and Irene Castle, illustrated with 350 images from that time, which makes for a fast-paced talk. Then he traces the history of Swing dancing through 1939, complete with film clips from these eras. Finally, Richard gives a short class in jazz steps from the Swing Era Big Apple. No partner required.

About Richard

Richard Powers is a full-time instructor in dance history and contemporary social dance forms at Stanford University Dance Division, Department of Theater and Performance Studies. His principal focus since 1975 has been social dance forms, from the Renaissance to today. Specializations include 19th century American and European social dance, dances of the Ragtime Era and Jazz Ages, and currently evolving vernacular dance forms.

Donate to FAC

Donations support these events, artists, and the Folk Arts Center.
We suggest $10 for online workshops, although any amount is appreciated.

Visit our donation page for links to various donation options including:

  • PayPal - donating to FAC as “friends and family” will avoid PayPal fees
  • Venmo - our account is: @Folk-ArtsCenter
  • Checks - We love your notes and cards!