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Gumboot Dance

National Dance Project for Ms. Cherry
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Lindsey Jin

on 23 May 2013

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Lindsey the Penguin South African trees Gumboot Dance Lindsey, Adela, Andrew, Joey, Spencer Dahl, Elisabeth. "A History of Gumboot Dancing
| EHow." EHow. Demand Media, 01 Apr. 2010. 10 May 2013. Web.
"Gumboots: A History." GUMBOOTS, n.d. 09 May 2013 Web.
"Narrative - Gumboot Dancing." Narrative - Gumboot Dancing. Weebly, n.d. 09 May 2013.
Web. Our Gumboot Dance
5 knee stomp
2 clap knee stomp (8 counts)
repeat (8 counts)
1 knee stomp
2 clap knee stomp
repeat (8 counts)
Jump - 1 count 2 hands beat on legs
Stomp clap - 2
repeat (8 counts)
Step on right clap step on left clap knee with left hand
step on left clap then you clap right knee with right hand
step on right leg in front of left clap left leg which is behind you with right hand
step back on left leg clap, clap right hand on right knee
step on right leg clap, clap left hand on left knee
step on left leg in front of right clap right leg which is behind you with left hand. (8 counts)
repeat (should do both directions twice) (8 counts)
feet together (on count 1) clap knee, stomp, clap knee, stomp (4 counts)
repeat (4 counts), pause before clap
clap clap knee stomp clap clap knee stomp
Stamp on opposite foot, so right
do above two lines 3 more times (16 counts)
stamp left foot, clap x4 (4 counts)
Standing on left leg, clap, and clap knee of raised right leg, stamp right down, then left, then right again, repeat on left, these two going forward. (4 counts)
Repeat going backwards (step back on left, hit raised left leg) (4 counts)
repeat above two lines (go forward and backwards) (8 counts) Gumboot Dance Cited Works Stepping Gumboot dance is a type of African dance. The name comes from the wellington boots that the dancers wear, which also can be known as “gumboots”. This dance originated from South African gold mines during a time of racial segregation and white supremacy.
This dance is as used as entertainment and to display South African history. It celebrates the complexity and wealth of South African culture. Even today, gumboot dancing is still common among South Africa’s working-class. The miners were had horrible working conditions and strict guidelines. They were shackled to their work stations and forced to work in total darkness.
The workers also weren't allowed to speak to one another. If they did, then they would be punished. This was because the employers feared that if the workers were allowed to communicate with one another, they would start an uprising. The Miners A lot of miners died from accidents or sickness. Many more were abused and beaten. The mines were often flooded and the miners had to stand knee-deep in water. This caused skin breakdown, and several other diseases. Miners were becoming too sick to work.
In the end, the employers decided to provide the workers with gumboots because it was cheaper than draining the water in the mine.
The miners formed codes and callings that could be conveyed through specific rhythms they made when slapping their boots and rattling their ankle chains. This was an alternative to drumming, and they used traditional songs and rhythms to express their feelings. It also allowed them to communicate with nearby workers. stamp right foot, clap x4 (4 counts)
Clap (4 counts)
Bring right foot in front, clap with left hand, step on right foot, clap hands together, clap left leg which is behind you with right hand, step on left foot, clap (4 counts)
repeat on other side (4 counts)
Step on left, bend over extend right leg, flexed foot. hit three times, come up, clap, repeat on left, jump back 4 times. (8 counts) Gumboot dancing eventually started to spread to the outside world and became a form of entertainment, so the employers took the workers and formed troupes. Though the employers didn’t like gumboot dance at first, they used the dance troupes to put on a good image for the company. However, the dances were done in the miners’ native language, so they were able to mock their employers to their faces without them knowing. Because of these performances, gumboot dancing became well-known all over the world.
Nowadays, gumboot dancing still includes traditional steps, but it has adapted to a more modern art form. New movements and music has been added to enhance the dance so it appeals to more and more people. Gumboot dance has been morphed into a more modern type of dance called step dance, or stepping. African american college students took gumboot dance and expanded upon some of the steps, creating stepping. Stepping follows the basic rythms and movements of gumboot dance. Dancers use their body as a main instrument by clapping their hands, stomping their feet, and using their voices so the dance will be more dramatic. Stepping is very popular among sororities and fraternities. Thanks for watching!!! The origins of South African Gumboot dancing are explored through old film footage of mine workers. Their conditions and their working clothes show how Gumboot dancing has evolved. The wellington boots or gumboots issued every month gave cause for celebration and dance. They are worn today throughout South Africa to create the stomping rhythms in Gumboot dancing.

The “Clap-Stomp”
To do the side-to-side step, bend over with your feet together, stomp with your left foot as you lift up your right foot to the side and slap the side of your right boot with your right hand. Stomp your right foot as you lift up your left foot, and slap the side of your boot with your left hand. Do this four times. It should sound like, "stomp-slap, stomp-slap, stomp-slap, stomp-slap." This move can also be reversed as “slap-stomp, slap-stomp, slap-stomp.”
The “Clap Clap-Stomp”
After stomping and slapping four times, stomp with your right foot then straighten your torso a little, your right foot still up and clap your hands together, then drop your right hand and slap the inside of your right boot near the heel and stomp with your right foot. Lift up your left foot as you stomp with your right, clap, drop your left hand to slap the inside of your left boot near the heel, and stomp with your left foot.
Combing the “Clap-Stomp” and the “Clap Clap-Stomp” and moving left and right at the same time is a combo that our group created. Shifting your weight onto your right foot, perform the “Clap Clap-Stomp” step, do the step again on the left foot, bend your free leg that’s behind you and hit it with your right hand. Repeat going right.
“Jump Stomp-Clap”
Jump and clap your hands behind your back while in the air. After landing, perform two stamps going forward with claps in between them, like “Stomp clap, stomp clap”. Repeat.
“Keep going!”
We kept practicing these moves until we were able to do them at a faster pace. As we became more and more comfortable with the dance, we were able to add our own variations. And that was how you saw the combo you previously saw.
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