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Learn the historical social dances from the Italian renaissance, Baroque, Victorian Era and 19th and 20th century dances. Learn to dance the Waltz, Gallop, Polka, Schottische, Polka Mazurka, Fox Trot, Horse Trot, Kangaroo Hop, Duck Waddle, Squirrel, Chicken Scratch, Turkey Trot, Grizzly Bear, Castle Walk, Tango, Maxixe, Hesitation Waltz, Minuet, Allemande, and Contredance.
The Spirit Moves 3-Vol. DVD Set
America Dances! 1897-1948 DVD
DVD - $49.95 America Dances! 1897-1948: A Collector's Edition of Social Dance in Film includes 60 historical dance film clips from the first part of the 20th century in the United States. It provides a nostalgic history lesson that features a fascinating record of our changing dance trends, expertise, and taste, and reflects our culture through the years. This dance retrospective spans the panorama from average Americans dancing in newsreels to top quality performers who have left a legacy of graceful dance moves across the ballroom floor. Featured in the program are the elegant Irene and Vernon Castle in their famed 1915 film and the renowned Whiteys' Lindy Hoppers from their 1940s "Soundies". America Dances! records some of the pivotal dance moments of our history. The 20th century opened with wild cakewalk / animal dance fads; moved through the effervescent Blackbottom and Charleston of the 1920s; diminished to the Dance Marathons of the 1930s; and exploded into the vibrant Lindy Hop/Jitterbug of the 1940s. This is a collectible treasure, to be preserved for future generations, and ideal for viewing again and again.
More than 60 Original Film Clips From: • Silent Films • Newsreels • Instructional Films • Feature Films Featuring Dance Legends Irene & Vernon Castle, Leon James, Al Minns, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers
America Dances! offers the original movements and images of the people who actually created them. This is an original resource offered for both aficionados and scholars! This DVD represents 20 years of film collectables by Dance Historian, Carol Teten, Artistic Director of the internationally known dance company, DANCE THROUGH TIME.
DVD technology allows the new HOW TO DANCE THROUGH TIME series to include enough material to please the most demanding historian as well as the casual dance enthusiast. The DVD includes the original written sources, which are the historic foundation for the dance steps.
75 mins. (2003) DVD - All Region.
How to Dance Through Time Vol. 1: The Romance of Mid-19th Century Couple Dances DVD
DVD - $29.95 Learn to dance the Waltz, Gallop, Polka, Schottische, and Polka Mazurka. This Volume gives clear "how-to" instructions to help viewers learn these five mid-19th Century ballroom couple dances. Beginners are introduced to the basic steps in careful detail which accompany the romantic dance music of the past. Each dance is introduced by a brief presentation of historical information illustrated with original lithographs. In the final section, the dancers perform these much loved dances, dressed in the appropriate fashions.
35 mins. DVD - All Region.
How to Dance Through Time Vol. II: Dances of the Ragtime Era: 1910-1920 DVD
DVD - $39.95 Learn to dance the Animal Dances (Fox Trot, Horse Trot, Kangaroo Hop, Duck Waddle, Squirrel, Chicken Scratch, Turkey Trot, Grizzly Bear), Castle Walk, Tango, Maxixe, and Hesitation Waltz. This Volume provides 44 step combinations and how-to instructions offering enough variation to improvise your own vintage dances. Each dance is introduced with an entertaining, historical overview illustrated with authentic photographs and drawings. Following each instruction, dancers perform the spirited dances with the appropriate fashions and music.
50 mins. DVD - All Region.
How to Dance Through Time Vol. III: The Majesty of Renaissance Dance DVD
DVD - $39.95 Learn to dance an Italian Renaissance dance suite: Nido d'Amore (The Nest of Love). This Volume exposes the social and technical intricacy of Renaissance dance. The refined introduction (The Opening) explodes into male virtuoso display (The Galliard), builds to mutual ecstasy (The Saltarello), and culminates in a statement of strong individualism (The Canary). This suite mirrors the episodic changes of courtship. Professional dancers demonstrate detailed step precision and perform the entire suite, with the authentic music and fashions of the era. Historical Renaissance dance information is accompanied with original illustrations.
40 mins. DVD - All Region.
How to Dance Through Time Vol. IV: The Elegance of Baroque Social Dance DVD
DVD Only - $39.95 Learn to dance the Minuet, Allemande, and Contre-dance. This Volume shows the most influential social dances of the French Baroque Court. The ceremonious Minuet, the most famous 18th century dance invention, is demonstrated with step and floor pattern detail. The complicated handholds of the Allemande are carefully delineated. The intricate patterns of the popular Contra dance are brought to life by eight dancers. The professional dancers demonstrate the dances with detailed step analysis and perform with the appropriate music and fashions of the era. To provide an authentic historical backdrop, each dance is introduced with historical information, accompanied by original illustrations.
45 mins. DVD - All Region.
How to Dance Through Time Vol. V: Victorian Era Couple Dances DVD
DVD - $39.95 Learn to dance the Victorian Era Couple Dances, which continues the tradition of The Romance of Mid-19th Century Couple Dances (Vol. 1). Professional dancers demonstrate each step in slow motion and close up camera views. The viewer re-visits the classic 19th century couple dances in order to explore 32 innovative step variations, which were added in the last part of the century. The Waltz flourished with turning embellishments; the Polka developed whimsical variations; the Gallop rose to a new level of expertise; and the Mazurka blossomed into virtuosic displays. Historical information, with original illustrations, illuminate the evolutionary role of each dance. The authentic music and fashions of the Victorian era enhance this video.
55 mins. DVD - All Region.
How to Dance Through Time Vol. VI: A 19th Century Ball: The Charm of Group Dances DVD
DVD - $39.95 Learn to dance A 19th Century Ball: The Charm of Group Dances, which reveals the interplay of the flirtatious group dances in the ballroom. The Grand March is the elegant ceremonial opening to the Ball, where all the participants view their perspective dance partners for the evening. The popular Lancers Quadrille is one of the most popular Square dance formations of the 19th century. Its five sections display a mini-encyclopedia of fluid geometric patterns. The famous Cotillion figures enable dancers to flirt and "mix n' match", as well as to feature their dancing expertise through improvisational dancing games. Professional dancers demonstrate all of the patterns with both aerial and close-up camera views. Each dance is introduced with historical information, which illuminates the social context of the dances. Original illustrations accompany the descriptions. These dances are performed, in parts and as a whole, with the appropriate 19th century music and fashions.
50 mins. DVD - All Region.
Dancetime DVD Vol. 1: The 15th to 19th Centuries
DVD - $44.95 DANCETIME! takes you back through history from the 1400's through the 1990's. The popular social dances of each era evoke the thrill of Renaissance revelry, Baroque beauty, 19th Century romance and non-stop 20th century energy. The two videos combine an educational journey, high artistic standards and fun loving entertainment. This Volume I covers the 15th through 19th Centuries. A world of beauty and grandeur! From the courts of Italy, France and England -- to the refined ballrooms of America. Dances demonstrated are the the 15th Century Balli; the 16th Century So Ben Mi Chi Ha Bon Tempo, La Volta and Galliard; the 18th Century Contra-dances and Follies d'Espagne; the Early 19th Century Country Dances; the Mid 19th Century Quadrilles and Durang's Hornpipe; and the Late 19th Century Polka, Mazurka, Gallop and Cotillion.
45 mins. DVD - All Region.
Dancetime DVD Vol. 2: The 20th Century
DVD - $44.95 DANCETIME! takes you back through history from the 1400's through the 1990's. The popular social dances of each era evoke the thrill of Renaissance revelry, Baroque beauty, 19th Century romance and non-stop 20th century energy. The two videos combine an educational journey, high artistic standards and fun loving entertainment. This Volume II covers the 20th Century... a nonstop explosion of American social dance! The innovative fads reveal the diversity of our culture from ragtime to rock, memory lane to MTV; from yesterday to today! Dances demonstrated are the 1910's Animal Dances, Castle Walk, Apache, and Tango; the 1920's Tango, Black Bottom, and Charleston; the 1930's Marathon, Movie Musical, Big Apple, and Jitterbug; the 1940's Rhumba, and Swing; the 1950's Rock n' Roll and Mambo; the 1960's Twist, Mod and Hippies; the 1970's Disco; the 1980's Break Dancing, Punk and Moonwalk; the 1990's Vogue, Hip Hop, Country Western, and Finali.