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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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Caribbean Popular Dance Transformations

Caribbean Popular Dance Transformations

Chapter Five Caribbean Popular Dance Transformations
Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora Dance

Yvonne Daniel

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines Caribbean popular dances that undergo transformations over time and across borders, with particular emphasis on Cuban community rumba and how it evolved into commercial rhumba. It first considers intra-Caribbean dances and their dance music mixtures before turning to Cuban rumba to illustrate how popular dance changes shape and identities and travels across old and new borders, from local to transnational. It also discusses mixing and (con)fusion that characterize Cuban popular dances by citing the case of mambo, a descendant of son. Finally, it describes quindembo, a mixture of dance movement vocabulary that keeps refreshing itself with new trends, and the concept of liberation within Caribbean popular dance.

Keywords:   popular dance, Cuba, rumba, intra-Caribbean dances, dance music, mambo, son dance, quindembo, dance movement, liberation

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