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Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora DanceIgniting Citizenship$
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Yvonne Daniel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036538

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036538.001.0001

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Contredanse and Caribbean Bodies

Contredanse and Caribbean Bodies

(p.41) Chapter Three Contredanse and Caribbean Bodies
Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora Dance

Yvonne Daniel

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the varied meanings attached to social dance, with particular emphasis on contredanse-derived practices in the Caribbean islands. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in 2005–2006, it considers how Caribbean bodies dance sovereignty in front of world powers and the ways that they affirm island and regional integrity in the nonverbal communication of dance performance. After providing an overview of the historical patterns of Caribbean set dancing and the history of the Caribbean from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, the chapter turns to practices such as Cuban contradanza and tumba francesa, Puerto rican contradanza and los seises, and Dominican sarandunga. It then discusses dance movement and dance categories; King and Queen pageantry that typically accompanies quadrille practices; and Queen performance. The chapter suggests that historical contredanse forms represent important values that have influenced past and present performers.

Keywords:   social dance, Caribbean islands, Caribbean bodies, dance performance, Caribbean set dancing, dance categories, dance movement, quadrille, Queen performance, contredanse

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