Welcome To DanceHistorian.com

The personal blog of expert social dance historian Forrest Outman. The purpose of this blog is to make available academic level research with quality sources that are cited and disclosed. After of over a decade compiling data I felt compelled to share my findings, after all, what is the point if not to share?

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Why “Jitterbug” and “Swing” Are Not Dances.

     In my dance classes I often reiterate that the term “Jitterbug” is not a dance form, but rather a term for those that are fans of the Swing genre of music. A jitterbug wasn’t necessarily a dancer, but an aficionado of the music such as someone who attended concerts, purchased recordings, and frequented […]

A great Ragtime dance craze article with Turkey Trot and Argentine Tango

This is a great article mostly for the images and layout of the newspaper, it’s such a well designed spread. There are also right ups about and images for the Turkey Trot and Argentine Tango in this article. I really enjoyed the deep dip pictured in the Turkey Trot, it helps convey the looseness and […]

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