in New York - the 1910's

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, page 134:

But I did love to dance, so I danced with the customers. White men often were eager to dance with the performers. The other Negro girls in the show just wouldn't dance with them. Most colored people can't bear to dance with white folks. Invariably whites dance in a broken rhythm, don't listen to the music and count. They're off the beat most of the time. Besides dancing with the white customers, I worked in the ensemble numbers with the chorus. My leg had completely healed, but there was still that inches-deep gash there which I concealed by wearing long opera stockings. My big solo song …   more >>

cite as

Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 134. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429104443756 accessed: 27 September, 2021

location of experience: New York

Listening to

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Rose of Washington Square performed by Ethel Waters
The Japanese Sandman performed by Ethel Waters

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1910's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gill on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:27:23 +0100
Approved on Fri, 25 Sep 2015 19:49:17 +0100