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Dance in the 1960's
Transcript of Dance in the 1960's
Dance is a type of art that generally involves movement of the body, often rhythmic and to music...
What was dance like?
But dance is so much more than what it's cut out to be! It's a form of expression. A type of social interaction. A form of non-verbal communication. An aspect with many different styles. It's a passion. It's an evolution.
In the 1960's the general population shifted away from jazz dance. The arrival of rock'n'roll brought a major change to the social art of dancing. The people moved past the original jazz dance to a diverse style of personal expression. Non-contact dances and those that could be performed solo became very popular. They entered a huge innovation in social dance at the time as television became more intrusive on the average person's lifestyle. Soon people began to move differently and listening to distinct music.
What is professional Dance?
The teaching of theatrical jazz was thriving along with the performance of it in various Broadway shows. Although the focus of the 60's seemed to be on the revolution of musical change and social dance innovations, jazz dance maintained a respectable position on the Broadway stage.
Movies & Plays that influenced dance in the 1960's
Teen dance and music shows dominated television in the early 1960's. Shows likes
Where the Action I
s were really popular.
Now today we're zooming in on dance in the 1960's!
Social dance is a major classification of dance style where it's not choreographed and the main focus is socializing and having good time.
Professional dance is choreographed and usually performed on stage by trained dancers with experience and proper form.
Popular music evolved from jazzy standards to the choppy beat of rock, influenced by the Beatles. They gave social dance yet another boost in 1965 with their album.
Jazz influenced choreographer, Fosse, absorbed the new 60's feel of dance with his hit musical
. He based much of his movement on the social dances of the 1960's.
Movements for civil rights were a worldwide series of political movements for equality before the law that peaked in the 1960's. The civil rights movement is known as the action to secure African Americans equal access to and opportunities for the basic privileges and rights of U.S. citizen ship. Although the roots of the civil rights movement go back to the 19th century, it fulfilled in the 1960's which caused an outbreak in happiness and peace leading to an increase in lively dance. Everyone was content and ready to party!
World events that affected dance at the time...
Civil rights movement
These productions contained a new blend of jazz inspired movement that was blended with social dances of the day. They were all performed by highly energetic, youth dancers which motivated teens to get up and dance!
As mentioned before, Chubby Checker introduced the twist in the early 60's which became an overnight dance craze. No other dance fad came really close to it! One of the main factors in the instant popularity of the Twist was that it was so easy to do. It could be performed by anyone, regardless of whether they had a sense of rhythm or not.
Although countless dance styles were invented during the decade, none were ever more popular or long-lived than the Twist!
Dance in the 60's
Chubby Checker & The twist
Eugene Louis Facciuto (LUIGI)
As far as professional dance went, the following individuals have achieved continuing fame as developers of jazz dance technique and choreography.
Luigi is an American jazz dancer, choreographer, teacher and innovator who is bet known for creating a jazz exercise technique. The Luigi Warm Up Technique is an influential training program. This method became the world's first standard technique for teaching jazz and musical theater dance, along with rehabilitation. He went on to have a successful dance career and became a world renowned jazz teacher. It was in the 60's that he decided to dedicate himself to sharing his work and concentrate on teaching.
Gus was an American jazz dancer. He was also a performer on Broadway, television, film and he is a master teacher and a gifted choreographer. He taught world renowned dancers and has choreographed many award winning numbers on Broadway in the 60's. He's considered one of the founders of jazz dance and his influence in jazz dance is still felt.
The 1960's was generally a change in dance style.
Jazz retained it's position on stage!
The musical West Side Story, choreographed by Jerome Robbins also influenced dance in the 60's.
Eventually, jazz dance emerged with these new movements and developed a new performance form. The styles and crazes came and went from week to week, in line with new records and the changes in musical styles and taste. The biggest and most enduring of these new dances was 'The Twist'. Introduced in the early 60's by Chubby Checker. Which became an overnight craze! As adults danced with "the King of Twist", the 60's teens were ready for a new movement and a new sound. Out of Detroit city came a new musical uprising: Motown, which formed new dances like the Stroll and the Mashed Potato.
however, aside from that... I'd like to end with the fact that in the 1960's red velvet cupcakes were a very popular pastry!
Now it's your turn! Stand up!
Music in the 60's
The early 60's came with the popular funk and soul music, however by the late 60's gospel, R&B with rock and roll were very favorable. Now from a refined point of view, the development of contemporary jazz and classical music developed throughout this era.
In the 60's the guitar started to replace the saxophone has a the cool tool, since guitarists could sing while they played. Jazz instrumentalists could not compete with the increase in popularity for the guitar due to the Beatles and various other well known bands at the time. Plus the guitar was much easier and less expensive for teens to learn then the saxophone.
This performance by Gus was dedicated to his wife, Peg due to her passing away.
The Luigi Warm Up Technique is an influential training program that promotes body alignment, balance, core strength, and "feeling from the inside."
Many of the influences on the 60s fashion related to the social atmosphere of the time. It was a decade that broke many fashion traditions. Some of those styles for women of the time were pillbox hats, pastel suits with short boxy jackets and oversized buttons, and simple geometric dresses. Also, for formal attire, full-skirted gowns were worn with low necklines and close-fitting waists. Capri trousers were the main choice for women and girls casual wear. Mini skirts were also a must have for young adults followed by the mini dress. Along with bell bottom jeans that were a total fad! For men, suits were bright and colorful, with crazy patterned ties as opposed to the pale, toned shades of the previous decade.