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

A publicity still for the the Younger family, who traveled all over the country working several vaudeville circuits in the 1920's-1940's as "The Grant Family," an act that involved "hillbilly" acting, comedy, music and dancing. Joe and Ted younger…

From the Ted Younger collection

A publicity still for the the Younger family, who traveled all over the country working several vaudeville circuits in the 1920's-1940's as "The Grant Family," an act that involved "hillbilly" acting, comedy, music and dancing.

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From the Ted Younger collection

The whole Younger family performing in a vaudeville song and dance number as "The Grant Family," an act that involved acting, comedy, music and tap and bone rattling. To the left are John Younger (Barney Grant) and Ted Younger tapping, to the left…

From the Dorothy Porter collection

A young Dorothy Porter in costume before a dance recital. Dorothy describes her experiences of Mrs. Mansfield's dance classes, learning ballet and tap in her oral history video. Here she seems to be outfitted in historical garb and as a clown. She…

From the Dorothy Porter collection

A young Dorothy Porter in costume before a dance recital. Dorothy describes her experiences of Mrs. Mansfield's dance classes, learning ballet and tap in her oral history video. Here she seems to be outfitted as a bellhop and a pirate. She was forced…

From the Dorothy Porter collection

A young Dorothy Porter in costume before a dance recital. Dorothy describes her experiences of Mrs. Mansfield's dance classes, learning ballet and tap in her oral history video. She was forced to give up lessons when the Great Depression hit.