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Dance Appreciation

by: Courtney Schmitz

Dance Appreciation ESS 104

Courtney Schmitz
UW - L
GPA 3.2

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These notes cover the Musical Theatre Section of Class
Dance Appreciation
Kathy Gorman
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Courtney Schmitz on Tuesday April 19, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ESS 104 at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse taught by Kathy Gorman in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 6 views. For similar materials see Dance Appreciation in Physical Education at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

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Date Created: 04/19/16
April 12, 2016 Musical Theatre Dance  You can find all the different styles of dance in musical theatre productions.  In Musical Theatre Dance, the dance does not stand alone – it has to support and relate to the story of the musical. o Not an autonomous art form alone because  In the best musical theatre choreography, the movement becomes the story in body language. Very expressive and theatrical. o Movement becomes the story in body language  “The Black Crook” (1866) – first musical theatre production where some of the dancing related to the plot -Muscial Theatre History 1. Minstrel Shows (Cakewalk: dance competition for couples, price was a cake)- no plot, unrelated 2. Vaudeville- series of different acts, no story, a lot more styles of dance within (ballet, classical, etc.) 3. Early Musical Comedy Revues (1910)- story being told, but not all dancing related to story until Oklahoma st -Agnes de Mille – Oklahoma! (1943) 1 one was --> “Dream Ballet”-nightmare type dream -Jerome Robbins, choreographed many shows – West Side Story (1957)- mainly in the jazz dance style -Bob Fosse – Most famous being…Chicago (1975), Cabaret- around time of nazis, Sweet Charity, Pippin (1973) – tony award o Characteristics used  Emphasized pelvic movement, isolations, slouchy posture, turned-in legs, hats-because he went bald at early age o “Down and dirty”


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