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Rhythms That Dance. Rhythm that Moves!. Activating Activity. “The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.” Agnes de Mille, American Choreographer (1903-1993)

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Rhythms That Dance

Rhythm that Moves!

Activating Activity

  • “The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.”

    Agnes de Mille, American Choreographer (1903-1993)

  • Read the quotation by Agnes de Mille. Write what you think Agnes de Mille means when she states that “bodies never lie”?

West Side Story


West Side Story

  • The music from “West Side Story” was written by Leonard Bernstein.


  • Mr. Bernstein used jazz to convey youthful vigor and violence.

  • Mambo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g7YR-qxT5w

West Side Story

  • In addition, he incorporated Latin American dance rhythms to characterize the Sharks, who are Puerto Rican. The dances depict the tension between the gangs.

  • They help to tell the story, so much so that the dances and their music embody the plot.

Latin America

  • Latin dances:

  • Tango – is a Latin American dance performed at a moderately slow, walk-like tempo in 4/4 meter.


  • Samba – is an African-Brazilian dance that is faster and jazzier than the tango.

Irish Dance

  • Early Irish settlers brought their dances with them to America. Two dances that the Irish brought with them are

    • Reels and Jigs.Reels , from a word meaning “a weaving motion,” are danced to quick music in 2/4 or duple meter.

      • Reels are group dances for two to 16 dancers; they are one of the forerunners of American square dancing.

      • Jigs use 6/8 music with a triple feeling. The name jig refers to the dancers’ vigorous up-and-down body movements.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laQJSgebiys&feature=related

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py2TiFsq9T0&feature=related

Conjuto Dances

  • Conjuto is a dance music created by Mexicans in Texas.

  • Steady duple polka rhythm

  • Features the button accordion

  • 12-string Mexican guitar, electric bass guitar and drum set

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqbjVWX8vp8


  • Refers to movement and gestures

  • Developed thousands of years ago by Hawaii’s original Polynesian settlers

  • Expression of poetry in physical form

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR0KgQQRKqo


  • Ballet is the refined style of classical dance emphasizing

    • the verticality of the body,

    • the outward rotation of the legs

    • with fluid foot and leg work,

    • and virtuosic turns and jumps.

    • It emerged in Italy and France during the sixteenth century.

The Nutcracker

  • Describe this music and the dancing.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBDODIWeKbE

The Past

  • Three popular youth dances from the past are the Charleston, tap dancing, and the Lindy Hop.

  • Charleston – an athletic dance that includes kicks and inward leg rotations on syncopated beats of the music

  • Tap dancing – is a step dance in which foot movements produce audible rhythms emphasized by small metal plates on the soles of the dancer’s shoes

  • The Lindy Hop –


Dances that Rock

  • Rock and roll influenced dances

  • The twist – a dance that was inspired by the song, “The Twist” from Chubby Checker


  • Disco – a dance that was inspired by a mix of different styles of music put together like rhythm and blues, gospel, soul and Latin dance music.

Compare and contrast

  • View the following dancers and compare and contrast the styles that each set of dancers portray.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJCV8Z-wDDY&feature=related

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