"DOWNBEAT"


Boogie Woogie

From 1939 untill the bombing of Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 Clark worked on the Federal Arts Program - WPA (Works Project Administration). He trained as a printmaker. This is a lithograph depicting two dancers "Peckin" the "Black Bottom" and "Getin on Down wit da Shorty George".

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Clark has observed and attended to African American music and dance from The days of the Charleston to break dancing -- the overlapping, evolution and variation. To the bottom.

Styles of music such as ragtime, jazz and rock are inspirations for the dancers from the cakewalk to the break. between the two world wars - jitterbugging was the core of popular dancing, and for the past three decades rock and roll has flavored the scene.


Jam Session

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In The Groove

This print shows two dancers jitterbugging. They had seventy eight recordings of music in those days. Quite often people had house parties in order to pay rent. "In The Groove" makes as much reference to getting in the mood as it does to placing a record needle in the grooves of a record disk.

Clark says, "The music is sizzling, and so are these two 'Hep Cats'. These youngsters use variations of actual dance steps; but when their stimuls reaches its crescendo--no two individuals dance exactly alike. The fellow goes into a 'split' while his buxom partner leaps into the air."

You remember some of the dances - eagle rock, ballin' the jack, snake hips, fishtail, shimmy, black bottom, lindy hop, suzy q. shorty george, the mooch, boogie, peckin, truchckin; etc. today they are too numerous to try to name, but the "music go round and round and it comes out here." PRESS THIS BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE

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