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We gatecrash a 1960s party, where a disc jockey spins everyone's favourite tunes and everyone is dancing solo. The 'Twist' was a dance inspired by rock and roll music and was one of many dance trends that filled the dance floors throughout the decade. It was the first international rock and roll dance of its kind. A group of girls dance in formation to show some of the most popular moves from this dance floor decade.
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4 March 2010

Classroom Ideas

Children could watch the clip and then discuss the costumes, type of music and styles of dance. This clip could be used to teach simple movements that were popular at the time. The children should explore the changes of the time and reflect on how fashion changes. The rhythmic nature of the music and the relatively simple dance moves make the dance accessible to most children and the use of group dancing where children don't feel 'on the spot' or exposed as they might in an individual dance. This time period and its style is probably the easiest for children to use to design their own dances.

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