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FC: Music and Dance in the 1930's-Present | By: Cassie Reiter & Nikki Simmons

1: What type of dance did they do in the 1930’s Swing is a quick fast paced dance in which the dancer often lifts spins and flips his or her partner. Back in the 1930’s swing dancing was considered both hip and cool, for all ages, young and old. Swing music may include a variety of styles such as jazz, hip-hops, blues, rock-in-roll, ragtime, R&B, funk and pop. Swing dancers can dance to a variety of rhythms, including slower ones. Slower rhythms just give them a chance to take a little rest while still dancing. They considered swing class a great excuse to meet new people.

2: What was a popular form of swing dancing in the 1930’s? Lindy hop was the original form of swing dance that came to be in the 1930’s. Lindy hop is a smooth and solid dance | with a constant 8-count “pulse” that you feel in your bones. The lindy hop contains no hopping, bopping or any of that jazz. It however is danced to | by many different styles of music including blues or jazz. Lindy hop was often referred to as a jazz dance but it is still considered a member of the swing dance family.

3: What type of music was popular in the 1930's? Even though the Great Depression took place in the 1930’s, much of the music people listened to was very upbeat. Jazz was always a popular music style, but when the Great Depression rolled around, Jazz became less and less popular. By the 1935, a new style of music called Swing took over. Swing was a different style of Jazz music and came from New Orleans. Swing was especially popular because everyone felt like they could relate to it. | CR

4: Who were some popular singers? A couple well-known artists from this era are Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby. Ella Fitzgerald got involved in show business after winning a talent show in 1934. Her scatting swing style made her very popular in the music industry. Bing Crosby became popular in 1932 when his live performances were played over radio for 20 weeks in a row. His songs about not needing money to be happy were perfect for the Great Depression. | CR

5: How has music and dance changed since the 1930's? There are many ways in which music and dance have changed since the 1930’s. In the 1930’s the music swing and swing dancing were very popular and now both are scarcely seen. Today's types of music use much more profanity than they ever would have used in the 1930’s. Also, the dancing that people typically do isn't as conservative as it would have been in the 1930’s. The styles of music and dance continue to change as time goes on. | CR

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