5 - Social Dance in 20th Century

5 - Social Dance in 20th Century - ▪ orchestral ragtime...

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5 - Social Dance in 20 th Century Runs alongside and also intersects with the history of popular music Music sparks new dances New dances inspire music Early 20 th Century (1990-1920) Craze for Ragtime and syncopated dance music Intensified Interest in African-American dances Partner Dancing (with physical contact between partners) – exciting / scandalous Fox Trot – represents the fox overlooking a happy couple Dance Manuals Vernon and Irene Castle dance instructors media superstars who popularized social dancing around the U.S. Tango U.S. craze Influences from Europe, Cuba, Argentina The Castle Walk made manuals with photos of dance moves made music to accompany the dancing James Reese Europe (1881-1919) musical director for the Castles leads one of the first African-American bands to land a record contract Society Orchestra “Castle House Rag” (1914)
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Unformatted text preview: ▪ orchestral ragtime for social dancing ▪ syncopation ▪ emphasis on dance beat ▪ for dancing fox trot ▪ sheet music was popular because the quality of recordings was bad James P. Johnson “The Charleston” (1925) ◦ Harlem Stride – flashy solo piano style that grows out of ragtime ◦ Theme music for 1920s ◦ Widespread dance craze ◦ Famous Charleston riff Prohibition lead to “speak-easy” bars where jazz music was played live Moral guardians worry about the effects of syncopated dance music due to: ◦ Sexualized nature of the dancing ◦ Prejudice against African-American-derived music Don Aspiazu and his Havana Casino Orchestra “El Manicero / The Peanut Vendor” (1930) ◦ Cuban bandleader ◦ Sparks rumba dance craze ◦ Covered by top U.S. jazz artists...
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