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

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.