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Dance in the Americas


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  • To clarify...the pics on slide 13 are to symbolize the makings of an old school break dancer. They need the cardboard box to dance on and the beats from the boom box to dance to.
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  • 1. Dance in
    the Americas
    Clarissa David
    Jherri Simpson
    Victoria Carey
    Danielle Nilson
    Valena Singleton
    Richard Momii
    Jeremy Rider
    The Americas R002 group
  • 2. Swing Dance
  • 3. Swing dance History
    Developed under the swing style of jazz music during the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.
    Began in African American communities known as vernacular African American dances.
    Lindy Hop, originated in Harlem, is known as the most popular swing style and is still danced today.
  • 4. Types & Styles
    Savoy Swing
    Lindy Style
    West Coast Swing
    Supreme Swing
    Imperial Swing
    Carolina Shag
    DC Hand Dancing
    East Coast Swing
    Ballroom West Coast Swing
    Cajun Swing
    Pony Swing
  • 5. Not to be confused with New Jack Swing but….
    With the way swing dance was developed, do you consider it similar to any of the modern hip hop dances’ development?
    Or is it more towards the traditional ballroom dances?
  • 6. Salsa!
    The Salsa dance has evolved from Latin and Caribbean dances.
    Salsa is almost the same as the Mambo in that the partners both have a pattern of six steps danced over eight counts of music.
    The dance has been influenced by many cultures, but it originated in Cuba.
    The Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Puerto Rico have all had some influence on the dance.
    There are many different styles of salsa that vary by location: Cuban-style salsa, Columbian style-salsa, L.A.-style salsa, New York-style salsa, Puerto-Rican style salsa, and Casino Reudo- style salsa.
  • 7. Who does the Salsa?
    Although Salsa dancing originated in Latin America, it is now popular all over the Americas, particularly the US.
    There are a mass number of Salsa clubs in the US. The most popular being in Miami, New York, LA, Chicago, Dallas, and Boston.
    Salsa classes are being taught across the US as well as online.
    Salsa has become so popular in the US, that it is even portrayed on prime-time shows such as Dancing with the Stars.
  • 8. Question
    Where was the salsa dance originated and what other countries helped influence it?
  • 9. Old School Hip Hop Dance
  • 10. Old School Hip Hop Dance
    -Michael Jackson
    -March 25 1983
    - one of the best dance techniques used world wide
    -one of the oldest forms of hip hop dance
    -rising popularity in 1970’s in the streets of America
    - “evolved in order to settle the brutal territorial fights with macho dancing techniques instead of guns”
    - “Dance battles”
    -1980’s and 1990’s eventually reached Asia and Europe
    *Pop Locking
    -Electric Boogie
    -Los Angeles
    -created by Electric Boogaloo
    *The running Man
    -MC Hammer made it popular
  • 11. The New Millennium Dances
  • 12. What, Who and Where
    Spongebob Dance
    Baltimore Club Music and started in Baltimore, MD
    The Cha Cha Slide (1996)
    DJ Casper and started in Chicago
    Harlem Shake (2001)
    G-Dep and started in The Bronx, New York
    Cupid Shuffle (2007)
    Cupid and started in Lafayette, Louisiana
    Walk It Out (2006)
    Unk and started in Atlanta, GA
    Crank That (Soulja Boy) (2007)
    Soulja Boy and started in Chicago, Illinois.
    Swag Surfin’ (2009)
    F.L.Y. (Fast Life Yungstaz) and started in Stone Mountain, GA
    Stanky Legg (2009)
    GS Boyz and started in Texas
    Jerking (2009)
    New Boyz and started in Los Angeles, CA
  • 13. I ask…..
    Do you think people view dance just a means for entertainment or as a means of venting emotion through bodily movements?
    Is dance for the audience or
  • 14. Samba and other Latin dances
    The Samba
    DançaDaMãozinha (dance-a dahmah-oh-zeen-hah) by Tchakabum (the dance of the hand... possibly)
    - Dança do Créu by DJ Créu. This dance is not a typical, soft, dance. It has many different speeds.
    Carnaval (carn-ah-vall)...Every year, right before Fat Tuesday, a huge parade/party is hosted in Brazilian states including Rio de Janeiro. It's a celebration of Brazilian life
    During the "Carnaval" (Carnival in English). the feathers worn by the dancers represent the Brazilians ability to rise above hardships.
    There are so many different videos of people performing Beyonce's Single Ladies routine. Her fan base is huge --encouraging others to take an interest in her performing style:
  • 15. How do you feel about..
    The way dance in the US represents our culture?
    How video sharing websites
    such as Youtube has influenced
    dance in the Americas?
  • 16. Hula Dance
    • The hula was pegged as by missionaries as being too “exotic” but was originally done as a Hawaiian ritual.
    King Kalakaua's was a easygoing, fun loving person so,
    under his reign, in 1874 the ban on Hula was
    trashed. "Hula is the language of the heart and therefore the of the Hawaiian people.“
    —King K
    Hula Kahiko (Ancient hula)
    Hula Auana (Modern hula)
  • 17. Aloha Hula
    Traditional drums- Pahu, Puniu, Ipuheke
    Made from gourds, coconut or breadfruit tree trunk, or half coconut shell with skin stretched over it
    Other commonly used instruments are the 'uli'uli (feather decorated gourd rattle), pu'ili (split bamboo
    rattle), and kala'au (sticks). There is a close
    correspondence between the foot patterns and
    the rhythmic patterns of the instruments.
    Nowadays, the traditional
    instruments used for the hula
    has been replaced by the guitar
    and ukulele.
  • 18. Question
    What other dances do you think have become more modern in American culture?
    Given the oppressed practice of the Hula which other dances in American culture do you think have a similar history?
  • 19. Works Consulted