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West Side Story ­ The Dance at the Gym

This dance has a narrative function and is there to present a conflict between the Jets and
the Sharks, as well as to introduce the characters of Maria and Tony properly and
establish their romance
The dance comes straight after the…

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The Americans use larger steps, for example high rond-de-jambe kicks and jumps in
attitude, more based on American Jazz styles, again establishing their character.
Establishes conflict with the Puerto Ricans
Similar lighting throughout this section to those previous creates a sense of naturalism

Partner work throughout; again different influences…


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