African American Dance: An Illustrated History

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Overview

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 history follows the dynamics of African dance forms throughout each generation. Early chapters discuss the African continent and the heritage of African American dance; the discrimination and marginalization of African Americans and the fortitude with which their dance forms survived; and black dance in the slavery era and later in 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 book 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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Editorial Reviews

Choice
highly recommended
Booklist/RBB
the commentary is fresh and comprehensive...illustrations are astonishing
Dancer
Barbara S. Glass demonstrates great knowledge and exhaustive research...valuable...a worthwhile addition
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786471577
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 319
  • Sales rank: 714,375
  • Product dimensions: 16.30 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara S. Glass is retired from Ohio State University, where she taught professional writing and directed the professional writing internship program. She lives in Xenia, Ohio.

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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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