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Dance in white Middle America up to the early 1950's was traditional ballroom, where dance moves were standardized. It was more a technical exercise than an emotional one. White youth of the period began to look toward the black community and rhythm and blues music, which gave them the sense of wanting just to move in a whole new way. For white Middle American youth, this music morphed into rock and roll. Despite establishment deeming rock and roll to be Satanic and/or Communist, it took off amongst the younger generation. The combination of rock and roll and dance was presented to American youth through American Bandstand (1952), which told youth what the trends of the day were. However, much of the dance shown on network television was Caucasians trying to dance like black Americans, but with no hip movement. This changed with the dance "The Twist", which also revolutionized the concept of not being reliant on what one's dance partner was doing. Although it had its detractors, The ...Written by
If you are at all interested in the roots of rock'n'roll, the evolution of the American/Canadian youth culture, and the insane dance crazes that literally swept all across these 2 nations from 1953-1964 - Then - Believe me - "The Twist" is certainly your #1 ticket to a real rollicking roller-coaster ride of absolute fun from start to finish.
Without question - This pop-culture documentary (impressively directed by Ron Mann) is a total blast from the past. And I, personally, welcome you to sit back and view this lively, toe-tapping presentation that was produced back in 1992.
And, with that - You be the judge of the direction that Canadian/American youth culture took in its formative years, prior to the inevitable "British Invasion".
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