"I, too, feel like we came full circle. Now, we as adults are in the position of feeling that the dancing that “kids these days” are doing is too much—too vulgar, too suggestive, too controversial. It seems that nearly every dance style that we…"
"I wonder if the Savoy Ballroom building is still in existence. It would be great if that piece of American heritage was preserved.
The fast pace of change in musical and dance genres alludes to the globalizations that’s happening during this time…"
"Culturally, I find this time period to be so fascinating. The driving force of the “under” class and the fact that the upper classes pirated their innovations seems to foreshadow the struggle for equality that we’ll see in the next half century. …"
"I really appreciated Robin’s explicit inclusion of the social-emotional components of the Play Parties. Eye contact is HUGE in my classroom, and that, coupled with friendly smiles, make Play Parties excellent community builders. The other thing I…"
" The underlying theme for me when examining both the African American spirituals and the African-influenced dance is connections. Whether it's Biblical references or elemental connections, the music and dance are well-rooted in other cultural…"
"I wonder what the not-so-fancy people danced and listened to during the Baroque time period. If you didn’t have fancy finery to show off, were your music and dance experiences still limited to the church?
I was uncomfortable diving into partner…"
"One of my kiddos did an analysis of Yankee Doodle for her challenge project this year. Elizabeth mentioned that it was a very popular song, and I love the fact that it was adopted by the colonials even though it was written originally to make fun…"
"Happy Summer! I'm Meredith McCool and I teach 4th and 5th grade at Polaris K-12. I'm super excited about this class, both as a teacher of history and a student of dance. My students love utilizing primary sources and sharing their learning in…"