Andrews, M. D. (2006) Step in Time

Step in Time: The Ritual Function of Social Dance and Military Drill in George Washtington's Continental Army

Abstract

This thesis will describe, analyze and compare the functions of social dance and military drill among American soldiers during the Revolutionary War. These movement forms, though performed in different contexts, both contributed to the creation of communitas in the army, which was vital to its success. Specifically, collective movement, whether on the training field or ballroom floor, served as a vehicle by which Americans negotiated the transitional phase into a new nation. The Revolutionary War can be read as a rite of passage; social dance and military drill were literally embodied ritual enactments of solidarity and community. Social dance and military drill will be compared in relationship to their European roots, with particular emphasis on their role in social class structure, movement style and vocabulary.

Citation Melissa D. Andrews (2006). Step in Time: The Ritual Function of Social Dance and Military Drill in George Washtington's Continental Army (Master's Thesis, Florida State University, Florida, USA). Thesis

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@phdthesis{andrews2006step,
address = {Florida, USA},
author = {Andrews, Melissa D.},
pages = {1--97},
school = {Florida State University},
title = {{Step in Time: The Ritual Function of Social Dance and Military Drill in George Washtington's Continental Army}},
type = {Master's Thesis},
year = {2006}
}

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By deriding public events, persons, or conditions of life, caricature and cartoons convey the very essence of the times and familiarize us with the ideals, philosophical and political, of another era. The political cartoon, in particular, with its tendency to satirize, points up — sometimes ruthlessly — the evils, fallacies, and weaknesses involved in topical political or moral issues, while the prejudices and habits of the people are accentuated by the use of popular symbols and slogans. (Dannett 1973, 17)

Keywords:

American, George Washington, Ritual, Social dance, George Washington, Ritual, American

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