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HISTORY OF AFRICAN DANCE
African Dance describe the historical moments of African people. African Dance could be cultural dance or traditional dance; it could also be dance pass down from generation to generations. African Dance is high energy dance and most of the movements and songs found in African Dance often mimic the daily life, custome, animal and the natural phenomena of African people. All African Dance has specific meaning: a dance for celebrating a good yam harvest; a fishing dance; festivals; naming ceremonies; Initiation dances for young women; a war dance; ritual dance; social dance for young men and women to come together, which could also be a lovers' dance; a dance for the old men and old women; and the royal dance for kings and queens and also for the elders of the community.

In most of the dances from West African the men move differently from the women and some of the reason is that in Africa the men play a different role to the women in day-to-day life, as in a family, where the man are expected to be the head of the family and his role is to provide for the family, such that the man farms and harvests and the woman prepares the food in the house and will later meet him with her

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food in the farm and make sure he has something to eat when he is tired.

In African Dance the different centre of the dancer's body creates a complex movement that moves

in conjunction with one another. Examples are the shoulder, chest, pelvis, arm and legs, torso and the hips.

Most of this dances will usually be perform in a circle which is the African dance setup in the olden days and it means togetherness and unity.

TRADITIONAL DANCE FROM WEST AFRICA
In Africa, dance is passed down from one generation to the next. It is high energy and involves a lot of strong body movements which often mimics daily life, animals, customs and natural phenomena. Traditional African dance helps you get in touch with your own rhythm and the rhythm of others it makes you happy and helps you to feel part of a team. It also an excellent approach to fitness and health. Traditional African Dance is accompanied by live percussion.
 
AFRO-CONTEMPORARY DANCE
Afro-contemporary is the fusion between contemporary and African dance, including a combination of freestyle, acrobalance and modern dance. It draws on African Traditional Dance for inspiration while using contemporary dance techniques to helps build stamina and resilience and develop body awareness. Afro-contemporary uses a variety of different music for the dance including live percussion and popular music.
 
GUMBOOT DANCING FROM SOUTH AFRICA
Gumboot dancing was conceived by black miners in South Africa as an alternative to drumming which authorities restricted. The sound from the boot was used a code to communicate to another person a distance away. The dance is very energetic and involves clapping, stamping on the ground and tapping the boot to make different sounds. It is a great dance to introduce into a performance night or into other school activities.

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