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1920's Dancing and Music
Transcript of 1920's Dancing and Music
*Contestants danced for hours.
*Often times the winner who didn't stop dancing won a cash prize.
*They were referred to often as "Walkathons" because the church still found dancing as sinful. Josephine Baker, a well-known dancer in the 1920's, often performed the Charleston. *Dancing now became fast paced and energetic. *Everyone was escaping the stress from war. *The Fox-Trot became increasingly popular. ...it also became a lot closer!! Dance classes became more common.
If a family had the money, parents would send their children to tap and ballet lessons. Arthur Murray was a successful dance instructor.
He opened a studio too. Arthur Murray's School of Dance still exists today across the country. New dances became popular such as: the Baltimore Buzz, Black Bottom, and Cake Walk.
*They were all characterized with high energy and a lot of movement. It also got a lot smoother. The Ziegfeld Follies were the biggest attraction of the New York Broadway shows.
The show consisted of about 20 chorus girls singing and dancing.
Each performance, there was a different theme.
At times they would be dressed as swans, and spaceships. Overall in the 1920s, Broadway was bursting with energy and enterprise.
The theater was filled with hope and fresh ideas, and new styles of craftsmanship. Lucille Lortel was a known Broadway actress in the 1920's. She appeared in many productions, such as Caesar and Cleopatra. The 1920s were Broadway's busiest decade, with as many as fifty new musicals opening in a single season. A French silent film, widely known as The Artist. Churches considered dancing scandalous. Some people still believe this today. The Charleston:
-originally staged in small theatrical productions
-it became popular when accompanied by the James P. Johnson song "The Charleston"
-there were Charleston contests
-it could be danced as a solo or as a couple The Waltz and Tango were among these dances that were touching. citations: dance: music: theater: http://www.1920-30.com/dance/
http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=5534 by: Anna Kadewska, Christy DeVol, and Cettina Nardulli http://www.musicals101.com/1920bway.htm Paul Whiteman http://www.1920s-fashion-and-music.com/New-York-Broadway-Shows.html http://www.1920-30.com/music/ Radio First Dixieland Band Duke Ellington Jazz http://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/collateral/articles/s04.americas.music.1920s.pdf
http://www.biography.com/people/duke-ellington-9286338 It was remade in 2011 and won many awards. This is a scene from a popular show, "Broadway Melody". It's about two sisters that move to New York in hopes of becoming Broadway stars.