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Dance Notes 10-18-23-07

Dance Notes 10-18-23-07 - Social Dance Social dance...

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Social Dance Social dance considered a part of culture in most societies Individual societies hold their own viewpoint and perspectives on social dance Ex: People consider it pleasurable Companionship Seen as a group activity Seen as an individual activity Enjoyed by individuals in conjunction w/ other people Enjoyed as a couple Strict rules including- males/females dancing together, appropriate contact, public dancing Encouraged to participate Seen as a means of expression Serves various function Examples: Social occasions on which people dance-rites of passage such as: Middle East- dance at circumcisions Africa- funerals Puerto Rico- baptisms Most religions- weddings or major holidays Historical Content Renaissance- court ballets, education on social graces Colonial America- military balls or elaborate cotillions (quincenerras) Pioneers- western migration took place, not nobility and dance happened for them in taverns and public dance halls Modern times- high school prom, night clubs, festive events (who have a mass of people doing socialization and dancing) Focus from 1900’s- progression of Social Dance Social dances past and current descended from African-American communities Dances were adopted and modified by white communities Example: Lindy Hop 20’s/30’s- Harlem night clubs, daddy of all swing dance, developed by
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untrained African Americans and when Caucasian communities came in they could not adapt to the natural movement they were doing Jitterbug 1940- untrained dancers, spinoff of lindy hop Untrained dancers 1950’s-1980’s marked as span of time in which several social dances emerged in American Conservative ballroom dancing of 1950’s included waltz, fox-trot, and rumba Latin danced including rumba, samba, cha-cha, and tango- considered too “wild” and “sensual” for white communities, costuming used to be racy and flashy and now still are but have very little coverage and are very expensive Movements (hips-Cuban motion-in the hips) modified and changed with ballet emphasis (balletic lifts/turns) Known as “refined” ballroom danced performed almost exclusively by white dancers 1960’s- danced such as The Twist, Monkey, Mashed Potato became popular Radical Era-
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