Origins of American Dance forms (Hip-Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre & Tap), Hip Hop & Jazz Dance

  • 1920 BCE

    1920s to 1930s

    1920s-1930s: Musical Theatre:
    Integration of dance into Broadway productions.
    Jazz dance influences the choreography.
    Formation of the American musical theatre tradition.
  • Late 19th Century

    Late 19th Century: Tap Dance:
    Roots in African and Irish step dances.
    Fusion of percussive footwork and syncopated rhythms.
  • 1970s

    1970s: Hip-Hop Dance:
    Originates in the Bronx, New York.
    Evolves from urban street culture, incorporating breaking, locking, and popping.
    Gains recognition through dance battles and street performances.
  • 1980s to 1990s

    1980s-1990s: Hip-Hop Dance in Mainstream Media:
    Transition from streets to dance studios.
    Featured prominently in music videos, films, and television.
    Global spread of Hip-Hop dance culture.
  • Early 20th Century

    Early 20th Century: Jazz Dance:
    Emerges alongside jazz music.
    Fusion of African, European, and Caribbean dance traditions.
    Popularized in social dances and vaudeville.
  • 20th Century to Present

    20th Century to Present: Jazz Dance in Musical Theatre:
    Choreographers like Bob Fosse shape jazz dance in musicals.
    Jazz dance becomes a staple in Broadway productions.
  • Contemporary Era

    Contemporary Era: Diversity and Fusion:
    American dance forms continue to evolve.
    Fusion of styles, cultural influences, and technological advancements shape the contemporary dance landscape.