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Hot Feet and Social Change: African Dance and Diaspora Communities

Kariamu Welsh, Esailama G.A. Diouf, and Yvonne Daniel


The popularity and profile of African dance have exploded across the African diaspora in the last fifty years. Hot Feet and Social Change presents traditionalists, neo-traditionalists, and contemporary artists, teachers, and scholars telling some of the thousands of stories lived and learned by people in the field. Concentrating on eight major cities in the United States, the essays explode myths about African dance while demonstrating its power to awaken identity, self-worth, and community respect. These voices of experience share personal accounts of living African traditions, their first en ... More

Keywords: World African, DiasporaAmerican African Diaspora, African Dance definitions, West African influences on U.S. urban centers, West and Central African dance histories, messages from African dance elders, Caribbean and Afro-Latin dance styles, gendered Black choreographies, theoretical reviewing of improvisation, village to stage transformations, African dance politics, aesthetic and collective meanings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042959
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042959.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kariamu Welsh, editor
Temple University

Esailama G.A. Diouf, editor
Bisemi Foundation Inc.

Yvonne Daniel, editor
Smith College

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Kariamu Welsh, Esailama G. A. Diouf, and Yvonne Daniel

Part I Hot Feet and Local Histories


Esailama G. A. Diouf

Part II The Elders’ Work and Words

Ago! Ame! Baba Chuck Speaks!

Charles “Chuck” Davis with C. Kemal Nance

Part III Perpetual Motion in the Aesthetics of Africa

Embodying Rhythm

Abby Carlozzo

From Village to International Stage

Steven Cornelius and Habib Iddrisu

Men Walk in Parallel!

C. Kemal Nance