Week 10 - Dance 101 Lecture Outline Week Ten Text Chapter...

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Dance 101 – Lecture Outline – Week Ten Text: Chapter Nine – Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre and Tap Dance Video: That’s Dancing; Gene Kelly, Anatomy of a Dancer; Jerome Robbins, Something to Dance About; Fosse; Center Stage The Vaudeville Era Variety show; 1890s-1930 Minstrel Shows Sub genre of Vaudeville Era; mostly black people or white people in blackface; lots of tap dancing and singing of blues The Harlem Renaissance Neighborhood in Manhattan; 1920s immigrants of Caribbean and African nations; place to go for entertainment and birthplace of American jazz The Cotton Club Most popular place to go; smear on racist culture; mostly African American performers, but white audience; popular for 10 years during prohibition; high gambling and illegal liquor sales took place Josephine Baker (1906-1975): they would not let her stay with white members, got tired of it and moved to Paris “The Black Crook” First official Broadway musical (no words); hired Russian dancers that lost everything due to fire for openers intermission etc. so they could earn money to go on their way The Golden Age of Movie Musicals (1930-1950s) Busby Berkeley – Trademark Style and Camera Work Choreographer to Director called to help revitalize a show; used overhead shot ; used beautiful girls from the US; used lots of close ups; overhead made it seem like a puzzle Maneuvered dancers Neon violins Fred Astaire (1899-1987) & Ginger Rogers (1911-1995) Most popular couple in movies; well dressed guy; Fred used to dance with sister Estelle on Vaudeville branch “Royal Wedding” – Fred danced on ceiling, “The Barclays of Broadway” – a show within a show about a Broadway couple, “The Gay Divorcee”, “Flying Down to Rio”, “Top Hat”. “Swing Time”, “Holiday Inn” – music from Christmas Fred Astaire – always dressed well and had sophisticated look Changed the way dance was filmed in the movie, no cut shots and no close ups to the dancers. Different than Berkley. Wanted the FULL figure in the shot Fred and Ginger are a “Class Act” Tap and Ballroom (social)
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Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (1878-1949) African American tap dancer from Vaudeville circuit; helped Shirley Temple Worked with Fred Shirley Temple Did a lot of movies as a 6 year old Went to college for politics; America’s ambassador to the United Nations “The Little Colonel”, “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” Broadway
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