||African Americans Inspire a National Craze
||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)
||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 note||Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on March 12, 2015.|
|Access restriction||Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.|
|Credits||Written and directed by Judy Pritchett|
|Interest grade level
||9 & up.
|Technical details||System requirements: FOD playback platform.|
|Source of description||Title from distributor's description (Films Media Group, July 3, 2015).|
|Issued in other form||digital transfer of (manifestation): Tendu TV, Inc., 2009.|
|Publisher number||60398 Films Media Group|