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Although the Soviet Union and the U.S. were allies against the Axis powers during World War II, the Cold War led to a struggle between the two countries for global domination. Soviet propaganda portrayed the U.S. as a capitalist bastion of greed, racial inequality, and cheap culture.
In response to these accusations, the U.S. deployed an “informational” campaign, which included dance. As early as 1941, dance companies were sent to places that the U.S. feared might be influenced by enemy propaganda. Because the Soviet government had suppressed dance types other than ballet, American cutting-edge and high-art choreography served as a non-verbal assault on communism.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Cold War drew to a close. It firmly ended in 1991 when the Soviet Union disintegrated, forming a host of new and independent nation states.
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