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 Dorothy Porter collection

One of several photos from a small album shot at a house party in the late 40's or early 50's. A lot of close and informal dancing going on. The owner of the photo, Dorothy Porter, who attended the party was unsure whether this particular moment…

From the Dorothy Porter collection

One of several photos from a small album shot at a house party in the late 40's or early 50's. A lot of close and informal dancing going on. This is a photo of all of the party guests enjoying themselves, along with several drinks, and what appears…

From the Dorothy Porter collection

One of several photos from a small album shot at a house party in the late 40's or early 50's with a lot of close and informal dancing going on. This photo shows dancers/guests imbibing at "the world's shortest bar."

From the Dorothy Porter collection

One of several photos from a small album shot at a house party in the late 40's or early 50's. A lot of close and informal dancing going on. This looks like a party guest kicking up her heels. There is no way to tell if the gentleman to the left is a…

From the Dorothy Porter collection

One of several photos from a small album shot at a house party in the late 40's or early 50's. A lot of close and informal dancing going on. This looks like a party guest kicking up her heels alone.

From the Dorothy Porter collection

One of several photos from a small album shot at a house party in the late 40's or early 50's. A lot of close and informal dancing going on.