Barbed Wire To Boogie Woogie

BARBED WIRE TO BOOGIE WOOGIE
SWING IN THE JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT CAMPS

Dance preservationist Rusty Frank presents the uniquely American art form of swing dance through oral history and archival clips, and discusses how it gave young people respite from their lives in the camps. Even if they did not have radios, some people had old phonograph records and the young Nisei danced to the swing music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington. Takayo Tsubouchi Fischer and June Aochi Berk, who met while incarcerated at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas at the age of 10, share photos, dance cards and other memorabilia.

Rusty pictured with June Berk and Takayo Fischer

CONTACT RUSTY FRANK FOR BOOKING THIS EXCEPTIONAL PROGRAM

Rusty Frank info@rustyfrank.com, 310-606-5606

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