Dance of the Sleepwalkers: The Dance Marathon Fad
by Frank M. Calabria
University of Wisconsin Press, 1993
Paper: 978-0-87972-570-9 | Cloth: 978-0-87972-569-3
Library of Congress Classification GV1623.C25 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 793.31973

Dance marathons were a phenomenally popular fad during the manic 1920s and depressive 1930s. What began as a craze soon developed into a money-making business which lasted 30 years. Some 20,000 contestants and show personnel participated in these events; audiences, the majority women, totalled in the millions. "A Poor Man's Nightclub," dance marathons were the dog-end of American show business, a bastard form of entertainment which borrowed from vaudeville, burlesque, night club acts and sports.

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