Dance 101 Study Guide 2 Essay

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Lesson 2 Study Guide
Broadway The American Musical:
At the start of the 20th century, the popular vaudeville shows that crossed the nation became the training ground and inspiration for the birth of the American musical. As the primary location for the professionalization of American performance art, understanding the complicated negotiation of gendered and racial identities on the Broadway stage provides important background to the development of an American identity in concert dance through the rest of the century. As you watch these videos notice how musicals come to represent
American ideals such as abundance, opportunity, pluralism, optimism.

2.1 Give My Regards to Broadway:
2.1.1 Some of the images from the Follies look like the
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2.2.2 What musical style epitomizes this mingling of cultures?
Jazz
2.2.3 How does the image of the American woman change in the 1920s?
American women depict or get more freedom, such as working more in entertainment industry and expressing more of theirselves
2.2.4 How does Broadway reflect the American culture of optimism?
Broadway reflects the American culture of optimism by accepting other cultures to become realistic on the stage. For example, Marilyn Miller dancing a cinderella dance even though she is from Indiana, which she is not counted from upper class image.
2.2.5 How was the musical ‘Review’ a reflection of the pluralism of American life?
Pluralism is a mixing of everything, such as cultures, images, and beliefs in American life
2.2.6 It is claimed that when Jolson performed in black face it was not demeaning to black people. Do you agree?
I do not agree with this point because in my opinion he still represents the images of black
American situations at that time from performances (music and comedy)
2.2.7 Why was Shuffle Along an important show? How did it change perceptions of black identity? Consider the writers, performers and audience.
It is important because it helps to shift the era, where black performers allowed to be on stage without blackface. It change perception of black identity because of different images
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