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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

Rhythms That Dance

Rhythm that Moves!

activating activity
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 story1
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 story2
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 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
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 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
The Nutcracker
  • Describe this music and the dancing.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBDODIWeKbE
the past
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
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
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