African Dance

Karinna,Ssisly, Damaris, Hailie

The History of African Dance

  • African slaves that were brought to American found ways to continue their dances in secret since it was prohibited, including shuffling their feet and moving their hips instead of lifting their feet.
  • Most African villages had a "dance master" who taught the members of their tribe the dances at a young age


  • Instruments such as gourds strung with beads, clapping, stamping feet, and singing to create the rhythmic music heard in African dances
  • Group performances are separated by gender and lack partner dances

African Dance Compared to Latin Dance

Latin Dance

  • Latin dances focuses more on emotion, passion, rhythm, movement and sensual hip action and is mainly made up of the same basic foot steps
  • Some dances are slow and romantic
  • Origins from Mexico, Central and South American and the Caribbean

African Dance

  • The oldest forms of dance and is taught at a young age to the members of the tribe
  • Drums is an important part of traditional African dances, their voices is considered to be the "talking drum" that changes the pitch and tone of the dances
  • Group performances are sperated by gender