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What is American Dance?

"A shuffle of buckskin on a pueblo plaza; the riff of taps on a city street; a woman grieving; a cowgirl roping; a hula; a Charleston; a climb down a water tower; a pirouette on pointe to a popular song; ballets set in bayous, bars, mill towns and the wild west; the Lindy hop, hip hop, tango, flamenco—all are hallmarks of American dance."

- Read more in this essay by Martha Ullman West

Treasures Timeline 

Don't know where to start? We've highlighted some memorable moments in dance history. Check out our timeline below to find a jumping off point! 

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