Cultural and Ethnic Dance
By jenesa Dupree
African Dance originated from African villages, the older members of the tribe would pass down different dances to the younger members and the dances just got things added to them as they were passed down. The Dance Master was the person who taught the dances and made sure they were precise and as perfect as possible before he allowed the younger members to add anything to the dances. African dance was developed based on the different tribes merging together in the 1500's during the slave trade, because dancing was such a big part of their lives they used it to keep their cultural traditions alive. In order to Master African dancing you have to spend time making every movement precise, the movement has to go with the rhythm of the music so you have to be able to execute the movement perfectly and exactly as it was taught to you. African dances are made to tell different stories the fast movements represent their past as far as slave trading goes and the jumping could represent them overcoming everything they have been through.