American Dance 1960’s-1990’s

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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…
One of the biggest dance crazes of the 80’s was break dancing. It was just moving your body no rhyme or rhythm. You usually had to be physically fit because of all of the movements required tremendous amounts of strength to be able to hold yourself up. This only lasted for some time, then once again peoples interests starting shifting and new fads were emerging.
The 1990’s became the time of quick fads and a lot of different styles. If people were going to a party they didn’t just have one option clothes wise to wear. They could dress bright, casual, or even dress like Run DMC with the pants way too big for them and a baggy shirt. All of these styles were in. MC Hammer was a big name hip-hop star in the 90’s with one of his biggest hits called “U can’t touch this”. This was a very popular song and millions of copies were being sold by the day. The hammer time dance was a dance that stuck out in the 90’s. It was an upbeat hip-hop dance, just moving to the music. Hip-hop was starting and people quickly picked up on the catchy up beat tempo. Hip-hop has been has never really died out and is still going today.
Looking back throughout American history our culture is never satisfied with what they have. It’s just the American culture way of life. Our culture changes so much as you can tell through the last 40 years of dance alone. I’m an American but I would consider myself an outsider to all of this. I have heard about all of

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