Brief History of Jazz & Musical Theatre Dance. By Wendy Oliver Adapted by Sara MacInnes for use with Dance 11 students at Millwood High School. Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Co. Origins of Jazz Dance. Found in the rhythms and movements of African dance brought to the US by slaves.
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& Musical TheatreDance
By Wendy Oliver
Adapted by Sara MacInnes
for use with Dance 11 students at
Millwood High School
Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Co.
Adzido Pan-African Dance Co.
Fred Astaire & Ginger Rodgers
Singin’ in the Rain
Donald O’Connor, Gene Kelly,and Debbie Reynolds (only 18 at the time) starred in this 1952 classic movie about the early days of talking pictures.
Dance (including tap, soft shoe, ballroom) played a large role in this movie. The title number shows Kelly kicking and splashing in the gutter during a downpour, brandishing his umbrella and jumping on a lampost to express his exhuberance.
Cabin in the Sky
In 1996, at the age of 22, Glover created (with George Wolfe) Bring in Da’ Noise, Bring in Da’ Funk. This show traced the history of Black Americans including slavery, chain gangs, and street life, but didn’t have a plot or characters. Dancing was the primary focus of the show.