Danceby Angela Shelf Medearis, Michael R. Madearis
This nonfiction series traces the influence of African traditions on African-American Arts in the areas of Dance, Music, Art, Literature/Drama/Film, and Cooking. The books integrate the African-American people into the development of each art form and are a celebration of African heritage. This series is excellent for African-American studies and Black History Month.
In Dance, the authors detail how traditional African dances, an important part of African culture, came to the Western World with the slaves and how they have evolved, becoming a part of popular dances such as the tango and the cakewalk, as well as tap, modern dance, and ballet. The book discusses the contributions of several famous African-American dancers such as Bill Robinson, Gregory Hines, Katherine Dunham, Alvin Ailey, Savion Glover, and others.
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