Singing and Dancing "Their Bit" for the Nation: Canadian Children's Performances for Charity circa the First World War

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Date: Winter 2017
Publisher: University of Winnipeg, Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures
Document Type: Article
Length: 11,272 words
Lexile Measure: 1600L

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During the First World War, Canadian children supported the war effort by raising money for organizations such as the Red Cross through singing, dancing, and dramatic performances. Charitable performances by three distinct groups--the professional Winnipeg Kiddies, the educational Miss Sternberg's School of Dance and Physical Culture, and the amateur service organization the Girl Guides of Canada--share striking commonalities that demonstrate how children and children's bodies were powerful indicators of contemporary Canadian hopes for the good life in Canada. Keywords: First World War; dance; Canadian children; charity

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A553906222