Steppin' on the Blues

Steppin' on the Blues

The Visible Rhythms of African American Dance

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Explores the meaning of dance and the interrelation of music, song, and dance in African American culture

Blackwell North Amer
It's impossible to think of the heritage of music and dance in the United States without the invaluable contributions of African Americans. Those art forms have been touched by the genius of African American culture and have helped this nation take its important and unique place in the
pantheon of world art.
Steppin' on the Blues 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. Dance as it has emanated from the black community is a pervasive, vital, and distinctive form of expression--its movements speak eloquently of African American values and aesthetics. Beyond that it has been, finally, one of the most important means of cultural survival.
Former dancer Jacqui Malone throws a fresh spotlight on the cultural
history of black dance, the Africanisms that have influenced it, and the
significant role that vocal harmony groups, black college and university
marching bands, and black sorority and fraternity stepping teams have
played in the evolution of dance in African American life. From the cakewalk to the development of jazz dance and jazz music, all Americans can take pride in the vitality, dynamism, drama, joy, and uncommon singularity with which African American dance has gifted the world.

Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1996
ISBN: 9780252022111
Characteristics: xiii, 272 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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