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Technology & Dance Timeline

See the interplay of technology and dance between 1875 - 1960 through inventions such as the gramophone, radio, film, and television. Videos of historical dance footage are included as well as research links to explore in more detail.
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Diane Aldis

on 26 April 2015

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Transcript of Technology & Dance Timeline

1905
1945
1875
1925
Technology & Dance Timeline
1876
Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone in 1876.
1877
Thomas Edison invents the Phonograph.
Origins of Charleston Dance
Roots of the Charleston trace back to the Ashanti tribe from the Gold Coast of Africa and were passed down through generations of slaves and emancipated African Americans living on South Carolina low country plantations along the coast. Early Charleston has been danced in African American communities since at least the early 1900's
1903
First narrative film
1923
Charleston popularized
Charleston Dance appears in a black musical on Broadway titled "Running Wild."
1927 First Talking Movie
The Jazz Singer
was released as a feature-length movie in 1927. It was the first movie that included dialogue and music on the filmstrip itself.
1929 Great Depression Begins
1895
Also known as a gramophone or record player, it is a device used for recording sound and replaying it.
Resources:
Charleston: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-charleston-the-most-popular-dance-world-history-1
Dance History Archives: Dance History Archives: http://www.streetswing.com/histmain.htm
Dance Heritage Coalition: http://www.danceheritage.org/index.html
Great Depression: http://history1900s.about.com/od/1930s/p/greatdepression.htm
Industrial Revolution timeline: http://storiesofusa.com/industrial-revolution-inventions-timeline-1712-1942/
The Great Train Robbery (film): http://www.filmsite.org/grea.html
The Jazz Singer: http://history1900s.about.com/od/1920s/a/jazzsinger.htm
PBS Technology timeline: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/telephone/timeline/timeline_text.html
"Where Feet Flew and the Lindy Hopped." NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/12/nyregion/12savoy.html?_r=0
YouTube
The Great Train Robbery was directed and photographed by Edwin S. Porter - a former Thomas Edison cameraman. Innovative new techniques were used such as: jump cuts, location shooting, parallel editing, pan shots & ellipsis.
.... and the first film in which gunshots forced someone to dance - an oft-repeated, cliched action in many westerns.
1930's Television

Edwin S. Votey, patents his self-playing piano, which he calls the pianola.

1897 Player Piano

Social dance influenced by European court music & dances such as Schottische, Polka, Waltz, Gallop, Mazurka, March & One Step.
Late 1870’s - early 1920’s
1912 Castle Walk
Originated in New York in 1912 by social dance trendsetters: Vernon (1887-1919) and Irene Castle (1893-1969)
Josephine Baker
The dance craze crossed over to white dancers and by the end of 1923, everybody in America was doing the Charleston.
Square dance at beginning of scene 11
1957 American Bandstand
Five years after the original "Bandstand appeared on local Philly television, Dick Clark's American Bandstand premiered on national TV.
1960
1935: An all-electronic television service begins broadcasting in Berlin.

1939: President Franklin Roosevelt's opening of the 1939 New York World's Fair is broadcast live from NBC's experimental station in New York City.

Ragtime
Characterized by a "ragged" or syncopated beat.
cylinder phonograph c. 1899
Big Apple
from
Keep Punching (1939)
1914 Fox Trot
Similar to Two-step, but the Fox Trot is done with a broken instead of an even beat (Slow-Quick-Quick or Slow-Slow-Quick-Quick).
Harry Fox , a vaudeville performer, is generally considered the "inventor" of the dance.
Created by Diane Aldis & Christopher Yaeger
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