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Arts Toolkit: Dance Video Clips

Jamaica Funk



In the introduction, host David Thurmond discusses how European step dances and jigs and African rhythm both influenced tap dance and how tap continues to absorb elements from American culture. He tells students to look for influences of hip-hop in this dance performance. It was choreographed by Jared Grimes, who is joined onstage by Micah Geyer, Tipton Isenhour, Emily Shoemaker, Aftan Freeman, Kelly Dodson, Robert Perera, and other members of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble. This nonprofit company performs locally, nationally, and internationally. The young dancers are selected by audition each season.

Suggested Uses:

  • As the focus of a student analysis of dance elements and theme (with Responding to Dance).
  • Compare to other examples of percussive dance in the toolkit: “Bluegrass Clogging” and “Farruca” on Dance Performances and “Three Irish Dances” on the DanceSense Enhanced DVD.
  • To demonstrate characteristics of tap dance. (Show with DanceSense Program 10.)

Lesson plans using this resource:

  • Funky Tap (6-12)
    Students research and discuss the history, characteristics, and art of tap, then create a performance critique that they will use as they watch a tap performance.

For more information:

(These links may leave the Arts Toolkit.)

See the History and Styles and Responding to Dance sections of the Dance Arts Toolkit binder.


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