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

Ted Younger playing mandolin with an unknown big band in 1947 or 1948, Springfield, Massachusetts. Younger grew up in the vaudeville circuits playing and dancing in a variety song and dance act involving his whole family. After the war he often…

From the Dorothy Porter collection

Dorothy Porter and her sister Helen out on the town, and showing off their lovely . . . legs, for the camera. The fact that they are wearing stockings suggests that this is well after WWII.