Dance was a social form of resistance, it became associated with a political movement. Movement was the natural reactions to urban conditions. In light of music cultures, these dance moves were the adopted by minorities would appropriate dance moves to mimic their White higher class. Slaves would use the term “grapevine” to refer to their up to date gossip or information and thousands of years later this was appropriated into dance moves. Society would treat this as a mere commodity at first and later slowly integrate it into popular culture.
In particular, the “cabbage patch”, the “running man” all referring to literal movements, this terminology was culturally appropriated into dance moves. Other contemporary examples include “dabing”, “nae nae”, the “Soulja boy”, and the “Dougie” to name a few. The evolution of dance can be boiled down to the meaning behind different jerks or movements the music cultures has inspired.
Nevertheless, esteemed French film director Francois Truffaut regarded the ‘…auteur is someone who brings something genuinely personal to his subject instead of just producing a tasteful, accurate but lifeless rendering of the original material.’ In other words, his definition of the auteur refers to the fact a genuine artist can sample a dance move and reinterpret as their own in popular culture.
Keywords: Commodification, (cultural) Appropriation, Gaze
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