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 [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 Lottie Brady collection

Lottie Brady's brother Wally and one of Lottie's friends dancing in the park, possibly on Belle Isle. Lottie relates her experiences dancing in the 1940's in Detroit in her oral history interview. The photo was hand-colorized by Lottie herself.

From the Lottie Brady collection

Lottie Brady's brother Wally and a friend dancing and "horsing around" in a park, possibly on Belle Isle. Lottie relates her experiences dancing in the 1940's in Detroit in her oral history interview. The photo was hand-colorized by Lottie herself.

From the Lottie Brady collection

Lottie Brady swing dancing with a friend in the early 1940's. This was taken near the Dance Pavilion at Warsaw Park, which was a center for the ethnic Polish community in Detroit and Hamtramck where Lottie grew up. Her parents were Polish immigrants,…

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…