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Hot Feet and Social Change

Hot Feet and Social Change

African Dance and Diaspora Communities

Edited by Kariamu Welsh, Esailama Diouf and Yvonne Daniel

Foreword by Thomas F. DeFrantz

Preface by Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte and James Counts Early

Published by: University of Illinois Press

328 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9780252084775
  • Published: November 2019

£22.99

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The popularity and profile of African dance have exploded across the African diaspora in the last fifty years. Hot Feet and Social Change presents traditionalists, neo-traditionalists, and contemporary artists, teachers, and scholars telling some of the thousands of stories lived and learned by people in the field. Concentrating on eight major cities in the United States, the essays explode myths about African dance while demonstrating its power to awaken identity, self-worth, and community respect. These voices of experience share personal accounts of living African traditions, their first encounters with and ultimate embrace of dance, and what teaching African-based dance have meant to them and their communities. Throughout, the editors alert readers to established and ongoing research, and provide links to critical contributions by African and Caribbean dance experts.Contributors: Ausettua Amor Amenkum, Abby Carlozzo, Steven Cornelius, Yvonne Daniel, Charles “Chuck” Davis, Esailama G. A. Diouf, Indira Etwaroo, Habib Iddrisu, Julie B. Johnson, C. Kemal Nance, Halifu Osumare, Amaniyea Payne, William Serrano-Franklin, and Kariamu Welsh