Latin Dance

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ABC-CLIO, Feb 2, 2011 - Performing Arts - 161 pages
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Latin dance and music have had a widespread influence upon the development of other social dance and music styles in the United States. As a result, Latin dance styles are among the most important dance forms in America.

Latin Dance addresses every major style of Latin dance, describing the basic steps that characterize it as well as its rhythmic pace and time signature, and examining its development from European, African, and Amerindian influences. The author explains the range of styles and expression to be found in Latin dances primarily within the context of couples social dancing, the popularity of salsa today, and the broader social meanings and implications of their multicultural origins from the 1600s to the present. The historic connection between exhibition Latin dance and American modern dance through vaudeville is explained as well.

 

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Contents

Spanish Latin Dances and Others Under the Influence
1
Tropical Latin Dances
27
That Latin Beat How Latin Dance and Music Got into the United States
51
That Latin Beat What They Did When They Got Here
73
Latin Exhibition and Art Dance
99
Conclusion
123
Online Resources
131
Latin Dance on Film
133
Glossary
137
Selected Bibliography
153
Index
157
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About the author (2011)

Elizabeth Drake-Boyt, PhD, is a dance historian and adjunct professor in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN.

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