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Probably Not What They Were Aiming For

All this coverage of Michael Jackson's death got me thinking. I should design a course (for when I have a Ph.D and a teaching job) about dance in popular culture. You could include stuff on mass media, Nijinsky, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Busby Berkeley, Elvis Presley, Broadway musicals, American Bandstand, teenage dance crazes, Michael Jackson, the image of the dancing male body, break dancing, dance marathons, Wheaton College, all sorts of things.


ETA: Oooo, and bhangra, too! Jazzercise, folkloric dance troupes, drag . . .

The ETA Strikes Back: meggins suggests adding So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars to the curriculum.

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lcohen
Jul. 2nd, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
ms. pony and i have done 178 (africa) together just the two of us, upon occasion, though not that occasion--that's a song that works beautifully with two parts.

p.s. on ordinary days, i am a treble and fp is a tenor.

Edited at 2009-07-02 05:07 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone
Jul. 2nd, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Great. Thanks for the added info:) I'm used to hearing songs with just those two parts because that's what we do when we're home and singing. We haven't got the girls singing Sacred Harp yet.

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