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Music Video Dance

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Lindsay White

on 5 September 2012

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Transcript of Music Video Dance

PRE-MTV Movie Musicals Vaudeville Rock 'n' Roll Singing In the Rain (1952) West Side Story (1961) Variety shows singing
dancing
acting 1950's Elvis Presley song and dance numbers
sets
geared toward teens American Bandstand 1960's The Beatles A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Help! (1965) Film techniques (quick edits and slow motion) dance crazes 1970's Soul Train Motown Disco Saturday Night Fever The Monkees music video-like interludes weekly TV show dance show The Band Wagon (1953) Fred Astaire Black or White Michael Jackson Gene Kelly Bob Fosse The Jackie Gleason Show August 1, 1981 Michael Nesmith (Monkees) Popclips Michael Jackson (Bad) "Cool" Michael Jackson Beat It (1983)

“Beat It” was written and directed by award-winning film and TV director Bob Giraldi. This video was the first to feature an abundance of dancers, choreographed by Michael Peters. The story of an intense and violent conflict between two street gangs, culminating in a tense standoff, is also an expression of Jackson’s extreme dislike of violence. About 80 actual members from the street gangs Crips and Bloods were cast as extras and performers in the video, not only to add authenticity, but also in an attempt to foster peace between the two rivals.

“Beat It” went on to win multiple awards, including: Favorite Pop/ Rock Video and Favorite Soul Video from the American Music Awards; Best Video Performance from the Black Gold Awards; and seven awards from the Billboard Video Awards. Later the music video would also be inducted into the Music Video Producer’s Hall of Fame, and was ranked by Rolling Stone as the number one video of all time, by both fans and critics. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Madonna Marilyn Monroe Material Girl (1985) Bob Fosse's "Mexican Breakfast"
vs.
Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" The Little Prince (1974)
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