African American Dance: An Illustrated History
  • African American Dance: An Illustrated History
  • African American Dance: An Illustrated History

African American Dance: An Illustrated History

by Barbara S. Glass
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786428163

ISBN-13: 9780786428168

Pub. Date: 11/27/2006

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Africans brought as slaves to North America arrived without possessions, but not without culture. The fascinating elements of African life manifested themselves richly in the New World, and among the most lasting and influential of these was the art of African dance.

This generously illustrated exploration of African American dance history follows the dynamics

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Africans brought as slaves to North America arrived without possessions, but not without culture. The fascinating elements of African life manifested themselves richly in the New World, and among the most lasting and influential of these was the art of African dance.

This generously illustrated exploration of African American dance history follows the dynamics of the dance forms throughout each generation. Chapter 1 provides introductory information about the African continent and the heritage that spawned African American dance. Following is a discussion of the discrimination and marginalization endured by African Americans, and the fortitude with which the dance survived and became increasingly important in American culture. Chapters 2 and 3 explore black dance in the slavery era and the variety of black festivals and gatherings that helped to preserve and showcase African-based dance throughout the nineteenth century. Remaining chapters outline ten major characteristics that have consistently marked African American dance, and describe the various styles of black vernacular dance that became popular in America—the Ring Shout, Buzzard Lope, Cakewalk, Shimmy, Charleston, Black Bottom, Big Apple, Lindy Hop, and more. Chapter 8 concludes with a discussion of African dance at the end of the twentieth century and its important role in the flowering of African American arts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786428168
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/27/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

1 Two Dance Traditions Meet in the New World 3

2 Black Dance in the Slavery Era: The Ring Shout and Buzzard Lope 30

3 Early Black Festivals and Congo Square 59

4 Solo Percussive Dance 98

5 The Minstrel Show and Other Traveling Productions 124

6 Black Broadway 153

7 Variety 200

8 Grassroots 243

Notes 289

Bibliography 301

Index 309

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