Dance in America is bigger than ever. It seems nothing has had an impact on the mass appeal of dance more than television. In fact, dance on TV goes back to the earliest days of the small screen.
In this essay, Matthew Delmont e xamines four programs that brought music and dance to southern and border state television audiences in the s and s. Arguing that television provided creative outlets for some black teens during segregation, Delmont focuses on three black teen shows, The Mitch Thomas Show from Wilmington, Delaware —Teenage Frolics —hosted by Raleigh, North Carolina, deejay J. Delmont also explores Washington, DC's whites-only program, The Milt Grant Show —to highlight the pronounced color lines that informed the experience of teenage dancers, as well as the home and studio audiences that flocked to these hit shows.
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AP photo. InAmerican Bandstandthe popular Philadelphia-based TV dance show with Dick Clark, was still going strong, having been broadcast nationally since August The show was still seen mid-afternoons five days a week on the ABC television network.
The vibrations' 'The Watusi. So many great songs of the s inspired their own dances. Teeny-boppers were quick to adopt the dances moves that they observed on television dance shows, like American Bandstand, and added them into their repertoire at their local sock hop, helping to spread the popularity of these dances.
On the dance floor, Ms. The second taping attracted people. Most recently, people showed up to record the first shows of the season.
Gerry Henson attends to business as host and announcer for the popular "Teen Hop" dance show produced and aired locally in the Joplin area. Decades before today's "Dancing with the Stars" and "Worlds of Dance," a locally broadcast dance-off drew Joplin area teenagers in swarms to the KODE-TV studio to compete and to television sets to watch them on the Saturday sensation called "Teen Hop. Now the show, which aired 17 consecutive seasons from tois being inducted into the Regional Media Hall of Fame at Missouri Southern State University because of its impact in the era of early regional television.
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