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We attend a dance in a church hall in the 1940s. The live band is playing jazz. Energetic, athletic and full of fun, the Lindy Hop evolved with the jazz music of the time. The American soldiers stationed in England during the Second World War had brought their dances with them, and a craze began. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it, combining partner and solo dancing, but it is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston.
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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 create upbeat jive style dances within a History topic. Children could develop simple sequences using similar movements. The authenticity of the costumes and actors would allow children to undertake a social study on people coming into the country throughout the war such as the Americans and the black Americans who supported the war effort. It has contemporary parallels but in a positive setting. The style of music could be looked at, it is potentially modern, certainly not classical yet, but not what children might call rock. They could study the different styles of modern music including jazz and others.

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