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Pirouettes from the Past

Dr. Melissa Klapper

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Pirouettes from the Past is a mini series Podcast featuring Dr. Melissa Klapper, a history professor who brings to us a monthly class on the history of Ballet class in America.

Latest Episodes

27 - Soviets Deflect to the U.S.

This episode explores the wave of Soviet dancers who defected to the United States and the West during the Cold War. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920(NYU Press, 2005);Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925(Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); andBallots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940(NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

16 MIN2 d ago
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27 - Soviets Deflect to the U.S.

26 - Dance boom in the United States

This episode covers the Dance boom in the United States that lasted from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920(NYU Press, 2005);Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925(Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); andBallots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940(NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

15 MIN2 d ago
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26 - Dance boom in the United States

25 ~ The Dance boom in the United States

This episode is about the dance boom in the United States that lasted from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

25 MIN2019 JUL 1
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25 ~ The Dance boom in the United States

24 ~ Early History of American Ballet ~ Part Two

This is the second of two episodes exploring the early history of American ballet. This episode covers some important developments at the beginning of the twentieth century that set up the growth of ballet in America. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

15 MIN2019 JUL 1
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24 ~ Early History of American Ballet ~ Part Two

23 ~ Early History of American Ballet ~ Part One

Today is the first of two episodes about the early history of ballet in America. It covers the colonial period through the late nineteenth century. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

15 MIN2019 JUL 1
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23 ~ Early History of American Ballet ~ Part One

22 ~ Ballet in the Movies

On today's episode of Pirouettes from the Past, Dr. Klapperexplores the history of ballet in the movies. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

18 MIN2019 JUL 1
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22 ~ Ballet in the Movies

21 ~ Ballet in Children's Books

Today Dr. Klapperdiscusses the Ballet in children's books. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

16 MIN2019 JUL 1
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21 ~ Ballet in Children's Books

20 ~ Dance Competitions in the U.S. ~ Part Two

Today Dr. Klapperdiscusses the second of two episodes on the history of dance competitions in the US. The first episode dealt with dance competitions more generally; this episode focuses on ballet competitions specifically.

18 MIN2019 JUL 1
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20 ~ Dance Competitions in the U.S. ~ Part Two

19 ~ Dance Competitions in America ~ Part One

On this first of a two part series, Dr. Klapperdiscusses dance competitions in the United States. Today's episode focuses more generally on competitions as a whole while next month's episode will focus specifically on ballet competitions. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

18 MIN2019 JUL 1
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19 ~ Dance Competitions in America ~ Part One

18 ~ - History of Dance Recitals

This episode of Pirouettes from the Past looks at the history of dance recitals, which have been part of ballet class in America for a long time Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

16 MIN2019 JUL 1
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18 ~ - History of Dance Recitals

Latest Episodes

27 - Soviets Deflect to the U.S.

This episode explores the wave of Soviet dancers who defected to the United States and the West during the Cold War. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920(NYU Press, 2005);Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925(Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); andBallots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940(NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

16 MIN2 d ago
Comments
27 - Soviets Deflect to the U.S.

26 - Dance boom in the United States

This episode covers the Dance boom in the United States that lasted from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920(NYU Press, 2005);Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925(Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); andBallots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940(NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

15 MIN2 d ago
Comments
26 - Dance boom in the United States

25 ~ The Dance boom in the United States

This episode is about the dance boom in the United States that lasted from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

25 MIN2019 JUL 1
Comments
25 ~ The Dance boom in the United States

24 ~ Early History of American Ballet ~ Part Two

This is the second of two episodes exploring the early history of American ballet. This episode covers some important developments at the beginning of the twentieth century that set up the growth of ballet in America. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

15 MIN2019 JUL 1
Comments
24 ~ Early History of American Ballet ~ Part Two

23 ~ Early History of American Ballet ~ Part One

Today is the first of two episodes about the early history of ballet in America. It covers the colonial period through the late nineteenth century. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

15 MIN2019 JUL 1
Comments
23 ~ Early History of American Ballet ~ Part One

22 ~ Ballet in the Movies

On today's episode of Pirouettes from the Past, Dr. Klapperexplores the history of ballet in the movies. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

18 MIN2019 JUL 1
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22 ~ Ballet in the Movies

21 ~ Ballet in Children's Books

Today Dr. Klapperdiscusses the Ballet in children's books. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

16 MIN2019 JUL 1
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21 ~ Ballet in Children's Books

20 ~ Dance Competitions in the U.S. ~ Part Two

Today Dr. Klapperdiscusses the second of two episodes on the history of dance competitions in the US. The first episode dealt with dance competitions more generally; this episode focuses on ballet competitions specifically.

18 MIN2019 JUL 1
Comments
20 ~ Dance Competitions in the U.S. ~ Part Two

19 ~ Dance Competitions in America ~ Part One

On this first of a two part series, Dr. Klapperdiscusses dance competitions in the United States. Today's episode focuses more generally on competitions as a whole while next month's episode will focus specifically on ballet competitions. Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

18 MIN2019 JUL 1
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19 ~ Dance Competitions in America ~ Part One

18 ~ - History of Dance Recitals

This episode of Pirouettes from the Past looks at the history of dance recitals, which have been part of ballet class in America for a long time Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Today's episode was brought to you by: Body Wrappers Audible For questions or more information on the show stop by: Premier Dance Network

16 MIN2019 JUL 1
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18 ~ - History of Dance Recitals
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