Voices of the Jazz Era Ballroom

Voices of the Jazz Era Ballroom is a grassroots, web-based oral history project devoted to preserving and passing on the memory of dance in the Jazz era through the lives and words of everyday people. This is your story—please contribute by talking with a parent or grandparent, neighbor, or friend and explore the archive to see how others have shared their stories.

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From the Ted Younger collection

A publicity still for the the Younger family, who traveled all over the country working several vaudeville circuits in the 1920's-1940's as "The Grant Family," an act that involved "hillbilly" acting, comedy, music and dancing. Joe and Ted younger…

From the Ted Younger collection

A publicity still for the the Younger family, who traveled all over the country working several vaudeville circuits in the 1920's-1940's as "The Grant Family," an act that involved "hillbilly" acting, comedy, music and dancing.

From left to right…

From the Ted Younger collection

The whole Younger family performing in a vaudeville song and dance number as "The Grant Family," an act that involved acting, comedy, music and tap and bone rattling. To the left are John Younger (Barney Grant) and Ted Younger tapping, to the left…

From the Rose Marie Crow collection

Rose Marie and Willard Crow on their wedding day in the late 1930s. They met at a "mixer" on the University of Washington campus around 1935, where they danced all night together. Rose Marie tells the story of meeting her husband in her transcribed…

From the Rose Marie Crow collection

Date of interview: April 11, 2010
Interviewee: Rose Marie Crow
Interviewer: Cheryl Crow (Rose Marie’s Granddaughter)
Birth year of interviewee: 1917
Permissions: Oral, given at beginning of interview.
Description: Below are excerpts about…

From the Agnus Pottage collection

Agnus Pottage, "Queen of California" 1930's. Winner of a popularity contest, won herself a trip to Australia.

From the [Untitled] collection

Frankie Manning and Judy Pritchard's last dance together at George Gee's birthday party at Swing 46, NYC, March 31, 2009. It was an impromptu 60 second dance right next to the table where they were seated-- not a solo spotlight dance, but rather a…

From the Dorothy Porter collection

Dorothy Porter as a high school senior in 1937. Dorothy describes her experiences of dancing to major jazz orchestras and skipping school to attend dance marathons in her oral history video. Here is the face to go along with those stories.

From the Rosemary Taylor collection

Transcript of Interview with Rosemary Taylor for
Voices of the Jazz Era Ballroom Project

Date: November 26, 2009, Seattle, WA
Interviewer: Kelly C. Porter
Interviewee: Rosemary Taylor of Manhattan Beach, CA
Others present: grandsons Joe and…