Everything Remains Raw is a great doc on the interconnections between the old and the new. Focusing on hip hop, it ties its roots to the Bronx in the early 70's and acknowledges appropriating dance moves that reach back into the 20's and 30's and even further back to the turn of the 19th Century into the 20th. Within the first 8-minutes, using archival TV footage, Marshall Stearns (Jazz Dance), Al Minns and Leon James demonstrate dance steps from back in that day. And Frankie Manning reminds us that only dance schools were counting out swing dance steps back then. He and other Harlem kids dancing at the Savoy Ballroom just... danced.
Hop on the brand new, state of the art, heated Woodlawn Cemetery Conservancy Trolley and take a ride back in time as we celebrate the lives of many notables who helped shape our culture. Visit the gravesites of Madam C.J. Walker, W.C. Handy, Ralph Bunche, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Canada Lee, Rudolph Fisher and more. To learn more, please click here.
Duke Ellington is Jitterbug!s bookends. The dancical begins with him giving up his position at the Cotton Club as its house band to make his first Hollywood movie. His replacement is Cab Calloway. Thanks to the Duke Ellington estate, the dancical ends with his symphonic masterpiece Harlem. You can learn more about him here and listen to the dancical's closing climatic piece here.
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