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 Lottie Brady collection

Lottie Brady pictured with her late husband and favorite dance partner Chester in the early 1940's on their way out to dance. This was taken when they were dating. Lottie relates her experiences dancing with her husband in her oral history interview.

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.