History of Jazz Dance

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  • Created on: 10-05-18 11:35
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  • History of Jazz Dance
    • 1600s
      • African-American slaves brought syncopated rhythms to America
        • Used stamping, tapping, clapping and vocal sounds
    • 1920s
    • 1930s
      • Swing dance emerged
        • Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Charleston and more
    • 1940s
      • Dance halls closed - dance moved to the stage
        • Performed by professionals trained in ballet and modern
      • Technological advances - colour, lighting effects, camera effects etc.
      • Musicals revolved around stars - MGM produced many dance musicals
    • 1950s
      • Rock n Roll music (Elvis) influenced new kinds of social dances
      • Revival swing era
    • 1960s
      • Civil Rights Movement
        • Bus boycott
      • New social dances
        • Monkey
        • Mashed potato
    • 1970s
      • Grease
      • A Chorus Line - Michael Bennett
      • Breakdancing
        • Originated from Puerto Rican and African American youths
        • Variations include toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes
    • 1800s-1900s
      • Early 20th century: Vaudeville acts, comedy interludes and dance numbers were provided by directors
      • Minstrel shows emerged - white entertainers parodied slaves
        • Popularized African-style of dance and music


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