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Social Dance in 20th Century America Runs alongside and also intersects with the history of popular music Music sparks new dances + New dances inspire music
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Early 20th Century (1900-1920) Craze for Ragtime and syncopated dance music Intensified Interest in African-American dances Partner Dancing (with physical contact between partners) • exciting / scandalous
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Fox Trot
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Dance Manuals
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Vernon and Irene Castle Dance instructors (1910s) Media superstars who popularized social dancing around the U.S.
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The Tango • U.S. craze in 1910s • Influences from Europe, Cuba, Argentina
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Dance Manuals The Castle Walk
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James Reese Europe (1881-1919) • Musical Director for the Castles • Leads one of the first African- American bands to land a record contract.
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Unformatted text preview: James Reese Europes Society Orchestra Castle House Rag (1914) Orchestral ragtime for social dancing Syncopation Emphasis on dance beat James P. Johnson The Charleston (1925) Harlem Stride flashy solo piano style that grows out of ragtime James P. Johnson The Charleston (1925) Theme music for 1920s Widespread dance craze Famous Charleston riff 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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