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Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora Dance: Igniting Citizenshipby Yvonne Daniel
Synopses & Reviews
In Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora Dance: Igniting Citizenship, Yvonne Daniel provides a sweeping cultural and historical examination of diaspora dance genres. In discussing relationships among African, Caribbean, and other diasporic dances, Daniel investigates social dances brought to the islands by Europeans and Africans, including quadrilles and drum-dances as well as popular dances that followed, such as Carnival parading, Pan-Caribbean danzas, rumba, meringue, mambo, reggae, and zouk. Daniel reviews sacred dance and closely documents combat dances, such as Martinican ladja, Trinidadian kalinda, and Cuban juego de maní. In drawing on scores of performers and consultants from the region as well as on her own professional dance experience and acumen, Daniel adeptly places Caribbean dance in the context of cultural and economic globalization, connecting local practices to transnational and global processes and emphasizing the important role of dance in critical regional tourism.
Book News Annotation:
Daniel (dance and afro-american studies, Smith College) aims to support students and teachers of Caribbean dance and to widen their dialogue with African Diaspora researchers. The book is less an introduction to Afro-Caribbean performers than Diaspora cultures, though the opening chapters examine some notable dancers as well as the history of dance studies. Each chapter emphasizes the African-roots for the Caribbean region. She provides detailed histories of numerous dance forms and explains why Africans became so interested in European forms of dance. Daniel also examines national forms of dance and why some developed one and others several. She looks at popular dances that crossed borders, like the rumba. Dance at Carnival is investigated, as well as more sacred forms of dance and associated spirituality. Rounding out her study, Daniel examines the relationship between dance and Afro-Caribbean martial arts, as well as tourism and concert performances. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Yvonne Daniel is a professor emerita of dance and Afro-American studies at Smith College and the author of Dancing Wisdom: Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomble.
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