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African dance

African dance
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Aisha Khan

on 7 June 2011

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Transcript of African dance

Who participated in this dance? Is this significant? Alot of people participated in this dance, even the spectators were part of the performance! The dance is either spiritual, religious or initiational. Even ritual dances have a time when spectators participate. This is significant because it expresses equality, rather than differences. What historical context influenced the developement of this form of dance? The main body parts used in this dance are shoulders, arms, chest, pelvis and legs. African slaves were prohibited to lift their feet in any form, so the dance involves the shuffling of the feet and moving the hips and body. When did African dance originate? The form of dance originated in the 1500’s when African slaves were brought to North and South America, and the Caribbean. Was the form of dance popular? Why or why not? Yes, it is popular, because Africans use it to keep their culture alive, and talk to each other using body language. It is a religious dance and it is part of their culture/religion. They also use it to connect with their country. What was/is the purpose for this form of dance? Why did people participate in it? The purpose of African dances is to help develop social skills, and people participated in them because it helped them work, mature, praise and criticize members of the community while celebrating events such as festivals and funerals, and also as part of their religion/ beliefs in gods. Describe the costumes/outfits worn by those who participated in the dance. What type of music is used for this form of dance? The costumes/outfits worn to participate in African dance consist mainly of masks, often wearing colourful clothing that attracts attention, yet allows them to fully be able to perform dance moves. Usually women wear handmade skirts that are flowy and colourful, with short tops. Headdresses are also often worn. Bracelets and anklets also worn are fully coloured and often jingle. Often, their outfits are homemade, out of animal skins and straw, and worn at ceremonies. Men normally wear skirts like the women, altered to look different, of the same fashion. They often go shirtless, but sometimes wear short tops. Men also wear anklets or bracelets. The instrument most used for African dances is the vocals. Most African people sing during African dances, as part of the ritual and to express feeling. However, often drums are played in the background, to help keep the beat and to help dancers focus on their movements. Also, bells often attached on the dancers’ wrists or ankles add a jingling to the form of dance. Any other interesting details about this type of dance? Are there any competitions for this form of dance? If so, what are they? There are different types of African Dances. Warrior dances, love dances, initiation or coming of age dances, summoning dances, and dances of welcome. Often African dances are performed at rituals, ceremonies, and funerals, but as years have progressed African dance or African-American competitions have been created. ForceAfrik and GenerationNaija created dance competitions on April 19th 2008. The Malta Guinness Street Dance Competition Series in Africa is how they find best street dancers in the country. This competition started in 2008 and is growing in popularity and numbers every year. Love dances are performed at weddings and anniversaries. Coming of age dances celebrate the growing up of men and women. Summoning dances are to summon a spirit or god. Warrior dances are often performed at cultural events or funerals. African Dance
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