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Dancing The Big Apple 1937 : African Americans Inspire a National Craze / Tendu TV, Inc.

Other author/creatorFilms Media Group, film distributor.
Other author/creatorTendu TV, Inc, production company.
Format Video (Streaming) and Electronic
Publication Info [Place of publication not identified] : Tendu TV, Inc, [2009]
Distribution Info New York, N.Y. : distributed by Films Media Group, 2015.
Description1 online resource (1 video file (28 min. 59 sec.)) : sound, color.
Supplemental Content Part of the Films on Demand collection
Subject(s)
Variant title African Americans Inspire a National Craze
Contents Depression Era Dance (1:10) -- Big Apple Dance Craze (Racially insensitive) (0:43) -- Racially Integrated Dance Styles (0:48) -- African-American Social Dances (0:42) -- Minstrel Shows (0:38) -- Big Apple Transcendence (1:40) -- Big Apple Health Effects (1:12) -- Big Apple Ingredients (0:56) -- African-American Elements (0:59) -- Religion and Dance (0:51) -- All Inclusive Dance (0:40) -- Big Apple at the Savoy Ballroom (0:55) -- Big Apple Today (0:30) -- Big Apple Name (1:02) -- Big Apple Birth (1:36) -- Big Apple Spread (0:28) -- Big Apple Performance Troupes (1:17) -- Big Apple Blackface Connotations (1:12) -- Ring Shout (1:14) -- Big Apple Spiritual Origins (0:50) -- "The Emperor Jones" (0:52) -- Ring Shout Today (1:57) -- "Keep Punching" Origins (1:15) -- "Keep Punching" Film (0:36) -- Big Apple Legacy (0:31) -- Credits: Dancing The Big Apple 1937: African Americans Inspire a National Craze (1:01) -- Big Apple in "Keep Punching" (2:46) -- random (0:49)
Abstract In 1937, the nation struggled to recover from the Great Depression. Americans from every background let loose in the Big Apple circle dance, memorialized by Frankie Manning's choreography for Harlem dancers in the film "Keep Punching." This documentary portrays the Big Apple craze from its discovery in Columbia, South Carolina, and explores its African ceremonial roots. As this video reveals, the Big Apple was a unifying experience that provided joy at a time when there was little to celebrate. Cued by a caller, dancers performed moves from the Lindy Hop, Shag, Charleston, and popular jazz steps like Trucking and Pecking. Individual dancers or couples were invited to improvise in the center of the circle. Written and directed by Judy Pritchett, this documentary includes rare archival dance film footage and historical commentary.
General noteStreaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on March 12, 2015.
Access restrictionAccess requires authentication through Films on Demand.
CreditsWritten and directed by Judy Pritchett
Interest grade level 9 & up.
Technical detailsSystem requirements: FOD playback platform.
LanguageClosed-captioned.
Source of descriptionTitle from distributor's description (Films Media Group, July 3, 2015).
Issued in other formdigital transfer of (manifestation): Tendu TV, Inc., 2009.
Genre/formEducational films.
Genre/formInternet videos.
Publisher number60398 Films Media Group
Stock number©2009

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