American Dance 1960’s-1990’s Essay

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Culture revolves around dance through movement, each telling their own unique stories. Dance is the center piece for many societys. “ Dance is defined as an art performed by individuals or groups of human beings, existing in time, space, force, and flow, in which the human body is the instrument, and movement is the medium” (Krause, 24)1. As many cultures differ from one another dance is one way universally they are able to communicate. Through their bodies they are able to speak to one another. Dance has been around a very long time. When you typically think of America you wouldn’t normally think of dance. You tend to think more Industrial revolution and technology, but if you look back through American history names such as Elvis …show more content…
It allowed people to dance by themselves, no touching was required. That is one of the reasons I believe that it was so popular. Later into the 60’s Americas interests were expanding into other types of dance. Into the 1970’s people started the rein of Disco and Punk. Both of these types of dance were black and white from each other. People’s interests were changing and not everyone like the same thing. Disco was very elaborate, bright colors, sexy, and upbeat. Punk was the aggressive, dark colored theme, and had a bad ass type of vibe. Along with the punk type of music came dancing called “Moshing” and “Pogo”. Moshing consisted of a lot of head banging, flinging your body all around with violent movements in small or large groups. Their intentions were not to hurt people but sometimes things would happen and kids would get injured. Pogo was just standing in one place and jumping up and down waving your hands up and down. This fad only lasted for a while and new ideas and trends starting emerging. The 1980’s was a time when America was prospering. New inventions such as tape recorders, VCR’s, and even cable television were being introduced. One of the most watched television channels today was introduced then, MTV. This was one of the biggest impacts of the 80’s. It helped get people’s interests in fashion, music, and dance all out to the general public. It was a new revolution that was starting for the world of music and dance. Big

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