As the presidential election approaches, it's a particularly meaningful time to remember that we are celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, when women earned the right to vote after a decades-long battle.
Movement was more than a metaphor for the fight for women's suffrage—dancers played a real role, most notably Florence Fleming Noyes, who performed her riveting solo Dance of Freedom in 1914 to embody the struggle for women's rights.
This fall, Middle Tennessee State University director of dance Meg Brooker is reconstructing Dance of Freedom on 11 of her students. A Noyes Rhythm teacher and an Isadora Duncan scholar, Brooker is passionate about bringing historic dance practices into a contemporary context.
A still from the archival video of Noyes's "Dance of Freedom." Photo courtesy Dawson City Museum and Historical Society Collection, Library and Archives Canada
Brooker's students dance with a video of Noyes. Photo courtesy Brooker
Noyes in Washington, DC in March 1913. Photo courtesy Library of Congress
Courtesy Dawson City Museum and Historical Society Collection, Library and Archives Canada