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The History of Dance
Transcript of The History of Dance
The Safety Dance
History of Dance
The concept of dancing has been morphed throughout history, but although the style might change, the purpose behind dancing remains constant. During times where relaxation and low blood pressure were non-existent, dancing became an outlet that many found themselves taking.
Currently, and also throughout history, Dancing has brought different purposes.
To create social communication and bonding
Ceremonies and rituals
A method of healing
Method of expression
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Bukky Ogunrinola and Cole Krmpotitch
AP US History 11B
13 March 2017
Commonly known as the Jazz Age, most of the dances were “invented” in the 1920's. Dances like The Charleston was one of the first, becoming popular from its feature on two Broadway shows in 1922. After, came the Black Bottom, most popular from 1926 to 1927. In 1927, the Lindy Hop took over and became the most popular social dance. These dances were not alone;
The Grizzly Bear
The Grizzly Bear
The Black Bottom
The Creation of Swing Dancing
The arrival of the term "Swing Music" in white mainstream popular culture can be traced to August 21, 1935, when Benny Goodman's radio broadcast of his gig at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles sparked a nationwide sensation that lasted, more or less, for a decade. From that day forward, the music of America's youth was Swing Music, and the dances they did to it were, therefore, Swing Dancing.
Marathon dancing was intriguing to many people. These dance competitions began to emerge, the winners would receive sums of cash. Very tempting to the poor couple suffering in the great depression.
Film makers also began to toy with the idea of musicals.
The Invention of the Jitterbug:
Stand in front of the woman but a little to her right. Stand close enough to the woman so that your upper thigh, hip and up to the middle of your chest touch your partner. Take her right hand in your left and place your right hand on her left shoulder blade.
Step to the left with your left foot. Pick up your right foot and set it down in the same place.
Place your left foot in back of the right foot. Pick up your right foot and set it back in the same place.
Stand in front of the man but a little to his left. Stand close enough to the man so that your upper thigh, hip and up to the middle of your chest touch your partner. Place your right hand in his left and place your left hand on his right shoulder.
Step to the right with your right foot. Pick up your left foot and set it down in the same place.
Place your right foot in back of the left foot. Pick up your left foot and set it back in the same place.
The Hand Jive
Immortalized in the movie "Grease", the hand jive was a dance that was a big hit not only because of the song associated with it ("Willy and the Hand Jive"), but also because of the simplicity of the dance. It is one of the few group dances that can be done sitting down, standing up, with the whole body or just with the hands. Basically, it consists of four movements:
Slap your thighs twice with the flats of your hands.
Clap your hands together twice.
Turning your palms parallel to the floor, move one hand over the other, then apart, then over again, keeping about three inches between your hands. Then reverse, putting the other hand on top, again with two beats back and forth.
Finally, make a fist with one hand leaving your thumb sticking out, and rotate your hand out twice, as if motioning with your thumb for someone to "Get outta here!". Do the same thing with your other hand, and you've completed one full iteration of the "hand jive." Repeat as long as the song continues.
Other dances that emerged, include:
was a rock and roll dance popular in the early 1960s named after the song that originated it, The Twist.
first major international rock and roll dance style in which the couples did not have to touch each other while dancing.
The Mashed Potato
is a dance move which was a popular dance craze of 1962.
It was danced to songs such as Dee Dee Sharp's Mashed Potato Time.
Also referred to as "mash potato" or "mashed potatoes", the move vaguely resembles that of the twist, by Sharp's fellow Philadelphian, Chubby Checker.
The Monster Mash
came out around the same time that the song "The mashed potatoes" was popular
In the mashed potatoes you "ground" your foot (as if grinding a cigarette butt to put it out) while pulling it backwards then stepping onto the opposite foot to do the same thing simultaneously walking in place while swivelling foot.
"Monster Mash" was a hit by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt Kickers. The song was a hit twice, in 1962 and again in 1973.
During the 70’s, many of the dances came from disco and punk genres. Dances like the Hustle emerged in discotecs. From the American Hustle to the Latin Hustle, people began showing up in more public places in bright colors ready to party to the most “groovy tunes”.
The Bus Stop
The Night Fever
The Roller Coaster
The Disco Duck
Pioneered by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson introduced the moonwalk, a dance of the gliding of ones feat across a surface to appear as if they are walking on the moon, to the world that accepted it with open arms.
The Safety Dance
The Slam Dance
also known as Mooshing
The Most Pit
Considered the “forbidden dance”
Very sensual, although very fast pace and heated.
Lambada is generally a partner dance. The dancers generally dance with arched legs, with the steps being from side to side, turning or even swaying, and in its original form never front to back, with a pronounced movement of the hips. At the time when the dance became popular, short skirts for women were in fashion and men wore long trousers, and the dance has become associated with such clothing, especially for women wearing short skirts that swirl up when the woman spins around, typically revealing 90s-style thong underwear
The 90’s was a played a pivotal role in many of the dance moves that we have today. Dances like the Running Man and the Wop are still used in modern day dance crazes. 90’s dance crazes were in direct correlation between the increasing presence of hip-hop in the media, dancing soon followed suit.
The Running Man
Harlem Shake (Old and New)
The Shoulder Lean
The Gangnam Style
The Harlem Shake
Contrary to popular belief, the Whip and Nae Nae dance was actually created during the period of colonial America by slave owners who found new methods of discipline.
We’re just kidding.
Please understand that this is a joke.
Popular dance moves that emerged during the period of the 2010’s:
Hit Dem Folks
Hit the Quan
Hit the Drop
The "Dancing Plague"of 1518 was a mania that lasted a month and killed dozens of people in Strasbourg, France through exhaustion or heart attack. People just danced uncontrollably until they collapsed!One other famous case involved people dancing on a bridge. Eventually so many people danced that they broke the bridge and fell into the river.
African slaves that were brought in Brazil 300-400 years ago were prohibited from practicing martial arts. Therefore, they developed the mix of dancing and fighting that is known today as capoeira.
At Egyptian funerals, women dance to express the grief of the mourners.
One tutu shoe cost up to $2000 dollars to be made, and one ballerina wears between 2 and three pairs per week.
Breakdancing was first created as a "less lethal" form of fighting between warring African-American street gangs in 1970s Bronx area of New York City. This form of dancing re-emerged into worldwide popularity during 1990s.