Presentation on theme: "Swing dance and the lindy hop"— Presentation transcript:
1Swing dance and the lindy hop Venue, Media, and tradition By: Howard SpringMike BortnowskiElements of Dance 11/19/14
2History of swing musicHow swing originated and transitioned through culture change of the great depression
3How it all started: Began in new York city in the early 1920s A more modern form of jazz in the era of the great depressionTransitional eraWidespread commercial popularity, but difficult to studyStylistic form of musicThe Lindy HOP- Catalyst for the development of swing music
4How it all started: Stable for more than a decade Music shifted from late 20s into 30s with new media technology and recording equipmentNew venuesAccess to old recordingsBenny goodmanDirect relationship to social dancers.
5The lindy hopFrom the African American subculture to eastern European entertainment ,the lindy hop was a widely popular dance movement throughout the 1920s and 30s
6The lindy hop African American origin High degree of physical energy and vigorDriving rhythm -4 beats per measurePopular-spreading from minority subculture to the majority populationFirst introduced in theatrical setting-SAVOY BALLROOMMusic changed to meet the rhythmic drive of the lindy hop.
7The home of the lindy hop The savoy ballroomThe home of the lindy hop
8The savoy ballroom Harlem , new York Opened on march 12, 1926 Attracted all crowds of ethnicity and originInclusiveWidely popular and could draw more than 5000 people on the weekend.“LindyHOPPERS”
9Troupes of lindy hoppers The lindy hop became so widespread that American culture groups would form teamsCalled themselves “Lindyhoppers” For Example: “Whitey’s lindyhoppers”Toured the usaToured overseas throughout EuropePerformed street side, live, and in the theatrical setting
10The transitional period: Late 20s into the 1930sGreat depression came to an endSwing music developed itself into swing dance, or one entityModern media technology for cleaner recordingsThe “lindy Hop” eased this transition of old to new swing music
11From old to new: Music became more “riffy” More emphasis on big band instrumentsSolos throughoutPercussions throughout and banging cymbalsIn the early 1930s the lindy hop became much more compatible to the music
12The nature of the lindy hop The rhythm, movement, technicalities, and description of the most popular dance in the 1920s
13The nature of the lindy hop “The Charleston”-From the show running wild was the first popular form of the lindy hop in 1923.Use of the entire body:Hips, buttocks, head, and neck along with extremitiesVoluptuous, flamboyant, and energeticEpilepticPhysically demanding
14The nature of the lindy hop ImprovisationDifference in rhythm from old swing dance to the lindy hopOld swing dance- “The Foxtrot” and “Black Bottom” is in 4-4 time or counting 1,2 beats for each walking stepThe lindy hop-4 beats to the bar rhythm
15The spread of the lindy hop The savoy ballroom brought the lindy hop to fameNorma millerThe savoy had strong ties to the community-racially integratedAffordable4000 to 7000 people in attendance on the weekend
17Relationship between music&Dance Musicians had to change their style of play to accustom the lindy hop style of danceEddie BarfieldOld swing music and dance- 2 to 4 beats per rhythmLindy hop and modern swing music rhythm4-4 rhythm bY ted brewer.
18PROGRESSION OF MODERN INSTRUMENTS Bango GuitarBrass bass pizzicato string bassGuitar solos and riffsDrumming filler solos
19Dancer and musician feedback Constant feedbackCreating momentumImprovising based on dance movements or the tempo of the swing musicDancing added to the music, music added to the dancingConstant rehearsal together and improvising in unison created a new dance movement called “airstepping” led to the “aerial lindy hop”
20Swing and lindy go mainstream The commercialization and widespread popularity of the swing movement