Interview with Margot Webb, 1978

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Interview with Margot Webb, 1978
Webb, Margot, 1910- (Interviewee)
Gottschild, Brenda Dixon (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1978-04-17
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-338
Norton, Harold
Webb, Margot, 1910-
Norton and Margot (Dance team)
African American dancers
Segregation -- United States
Ballroom dancing -- United States
Racism and the arts
Discrimination in public accommodations
Citation/reference: For transcript of interview, see *MGZMT 3-338.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Brenda Dixon-Stowell [later Brenda Dixon Gottschild] 1978, April 17 New York (N.Y.)
Funding: The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 3 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.
Sound quality is good.
Interview with Margot Webb conducted by Brenda Dixon-Stowell [later Brenda Dixon Gottschild] on April 17, 1978 in New York (N.Y.). The contents of this interview are reflected in Dixon-Stowell's article: Dancing in the Dark: The Life and Times of Margot Webb in Aframerican Vaudeville of the Swing Era, in Black American Literature Forum, Vol. 17, No. 1, Black Theatre Issue (Spring, 1983), pp. 3-7. Streaming audio file (approximately one hour and three minutes). Margot Webb speaks with Brenda Dixon-Stowell [later Brenda Dixon Gottschild] about performing during the 1930s, on tour and in night clubs [with Harold Norton as the ballroom dance team, Norton and Margo]; the typical structure of the productions in which their act, known as a "unit", appeared; segregation in the theaters and the clubs; the almost complete absence of black agents and managers; the lack of adequate backstage facilities; the cost of lessons; her gowns; alternating touring and working in clubs; a run of one week at a given theater as typical; more on segregation; typical compensation including the disparity between that received by white and by black dancers; the invitation to dance in Russia [former Soviet Union] and its withdrawal; their repertory which included a "toe dance" solo for Webb and an African dance for Norton; Norton's ballet training; more on their repertory including boleros, waltzes, tangos, and rumbas; other black ballroom dancers; performing at the Palladium Theatre in London, England; performing at the Amytis Theater in St. Louis, Missouri thanks to the sponsorship of a wealthy individual; living and performing in Berlin, Germany under the National Socialist regime; the abrupt halt to their tour, in 1937; Harold Norton as a dancer including his versatilityy; their school [ends abruptly].
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 81455115
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118146
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fec6e7c0-c316-0133-2c71-60f81dd2b63c
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Margot Webb" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1978.

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Interview with Margot Webb