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Dancing during the Harlem Renaissance

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Monica Splain

on 12 March 2013

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The Harlem Renaissance:
Swing Dance Fundamentals -Referred to as the "Roaring 20's" or America's "Swing Era"
-Most popular dances of the decade: The Shuffle Along, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and the American Tango
-Beats included the blues, jazz, tap, swing, etc. The Dances -Josephine Baker:
Danced the Charleston on her tours in Europe which spread the dance world wide.
First international dance to originate in the New World, not the Old World.
-*John Giolla:
Managed to dance the Charleston for 22 hours and 30 minutes!
They were essentially the extreme version of the general mood in the 1920’s. (Flamboyant, excited, young, new, post-war relief from tension, etc.) Most Famous Dance of 1920's: The Charleston -Danced to ragtime jazz with a quick 4/4 time rhythm
-It physically represented the mood of young people in the 1920's.
-Most popular with flappers: rebellious young women of the 1920's known for short dresses, short hair cuts, and scandalous dancing.
-Used as a way to mock the "drys" or supporters of Prohibition (the elimination of alcohol). The Dancers - The Shuffle Along
Emerged in 1921, led to popularization of Jazz dance which was a combination of European and African body movements with lots of tap dancing.
-The Charleston
Based on the African American musical style and beat. Became incredibly popular after being featured in the Broadway show Runnin’ Wild in 1923.
-The Lindy Hop
Originated in Harlem, NY. Combined moves from tap and the Charleston. Named for the pilot CHarles Lindburgh’s first solo flight. First dance to include swinging partner up into the air. How does swing tie into the Harlem Renaissance? -Dance during the Harlem Renaissance was using 'pathos' to appeal to peoples true, deep, dark, and repressed emotions from the Great War.
-Dance was a source of unity for Americans and African Americans. People came together with common interests, and created dances together such as the Shuffle Along which combined African and European movements. Modern Day Compare/Contrast -Led to individualization in modern dance
-Encouraged culture to be expressed within dance
-Broke the standards of conformity. Discussion Questions Closer Let's Dance! Works Cited First let's partner up! Find your matching number quickly and quietly.
You are simply going to learn the very basic swing steps.
Reminder! Greet your partner.
Reminder! Ladies and Gentlemen...You will be gracious with whomever you are partnered with, regardless of whether or not you are friends. How did dance impact the Negro community during the Harlem Renaissance?

How did Josephine Baker and Billy Robinson change the way African Americans were viewed during the time period?

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