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Karina Culloton

on 15 December 2011

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Transcript of Disco

Why is this important? Clip from
Saturday Night Fever Why is it innovative? Disco Disco dancing is one of the most recognizable social dances in American history.

It brought about a wave of changes to social dances in american culture, and its affects can still be felt today in modern social dances such as break dancing, and hip-hop dancing.

It signified the return of highly technical dancing, and also signaled the return of partner dances (although it can also be performed solo, as in Saturday Night Fever).

Disco-pop music intended mainly for dancing to at discos, typically soul-influenced and melodic with a regular bass beat and popular particularly in the late 1970s. Also refers to the style of dance that is done to disco music. Hallmarks of Disco Dance How did we create this movement phrase?

Where did we get our inspiration from? Disco was a big part of American culture in the 70's

Timeline Disco Begins Disco Declines Important Works Conclusion Process for Group Dance Study Why does this inspire us? Important Artists Important Events We watched several clips from Saturday Night Fever in order to understand what this iconic movement looked like. 3 easy steps to looking cool while disco dancing We each looked at several other videos of disco dance and brought some of our favorite movements to our group project meeting, where we decided which ones we would include in our final showing. While reasearching Disco, we found out that Saturday Night Fever was the reason that solo disco dancing became popular.
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr In putting the finishing touches on our project, we decided on music that fits into the time period in which disco dance was popular. 1940's 1979 1977 1973 1969 1965 1960 -The Point, which refers to the upward and downward movement of the hand, with the index finger pointing out, with alternating hip movements

-The Hustle, which refers to a series of backward and forward movements, with partners walking toward and away from each other.

-For men: the open-chested, shiny shirt, usually accessorized with one or more shiny gold chain of some sort. Tight pants (usually leather) around the hips, loose around the ankles to allow free movement.

-For women: tight tops that barely covered the breasts along with tight pants or mini skirts that highlighted the women’s figure.
-Donna Summer. Summer was the first well-known and most popular disco artist and eventually had the title “Queen of Disco" presented to her by various critics.

-KC and the Sunshine Band. Known for their hits “That’s The Way I Like It” and “Shake, Shake, Shake”

-Gloria Gaynor. Known for the song "I Will Survive"

-John Travolta. His apperance in the film Saturday Night Fever significantly helped to popularize disco music around the world
Saturday Night Fever More codified than previous forms of social dancing.
People of all races, classes, and sexual orientation accepted.
Drugs and sex enter the picture.
The music changes. None of us knew very much about disco before we started this project. Saturday Night Fever and Thank God It's Friday were popular films of disco

The Hues Corperation 1974 - Rock the Boat

Biddu & Carl Douglas -Kung Fu Fighting

Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa -First Disco Song

The Day The Disco Died Demolition Disco Night July 12th 1979 Starts in Paris Brought to
United States Discotheques are
less exclusive Gay Clubs
Created Disco music
is born Saturday Night
Fever Disco
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