Synopses & Reviews
This book explores not only the meaning of dance in African American life but also the ways in which music, song, and dance are interrelated in African American culture. Beyond that it has been, finally, one of the most important means of cultural survival.
Table of Contents
"Gimme de kneebone bent" : music and dance in Africa -- "Keep to the rhythm and you'll keep to life" : the style of African American vernacular dance -- Overture to vocal choreography : vernacular dance on "stage" (slavery 1950) -- "Let the punishment fit the crime" : the vocal choreography of Cholly Atkins -- The history of bands : from African rituals to New Orleans : second lines: the FAMU marching 100 : historical overview--colonial America to World War I -- The FAMU marching 100 : from ballpark bleachers to national TV -- African American secret societies : remebering the past and facing the future fraternities and sororities : "a way of remembering" -- Stepping : regeneration through dance in African American fraternities and sororities : regeneration through dance.