Showtunes & Modern

Michelle Mullings ~ Miller PE 1st Period ~ Jan 2014

Origin of Showtunes

Showtunes, also known as broadway dance, derived from Vaudeville, which was created as comedic relief for people in big cities in America beginning in the 1880s and through the 1920s. Vaudeville was comprised of comedians, singers, plate-spinners, ventriloquists, dancers, musicians, acrobats, animal trainers, and anyone else who could keep an audience entertained for a while. It was made of over 25,000 performers and was the most popular form of entertainment in America. Vaudeville left its greatest mark in TV and movies, and broadway was a "rebirth of the musical comedy" that was influenced by vaudeville acts, incorporating music into plays, also known as musicals.

Leaders in Showtunes

Our Showtunes Dance


Origin of Modern Dance

Modern dance started out in the United States (and some parts of Germany) as a rebellion against the rigidness of classical academic ballet in the late 19th, early 20th century. Its creators sought out to inspire their audiences of inner and outer realities, a goal shared by all subsequent modern dancers.

Leaders in Modern Dance

Our Modern Dance


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