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The Notting Hill Carnival. indd 44 8/5/14 2:31 PM Further Reading Perry, Cynthia Bond. “Finding Their Own Rhythm: Atlantan Grows with African Dance Group. ” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 7, 2013. Sagolla, Lisa Jo. ” Backstage, March 23, 2011, Volume 52, Issue 12. Sciurba, Katie. “Dance . . Fight . . Play . . ” Faces, February 2009, Volume 25, Issue 5. Slater, Russ. ” Sounds and Colours, December 5, 2011. com/articles/colombia/ we-dont-need-the-mainstream-an-interview-with-frente-cumbieros-mariogaleano/ Traiger, Lisa.

But she clearly doesn’t mind. “It’s so fun. indd 40 8/5/14 2:31 PM First Steps If you are interested in studying African dance, you may not even realize that you already have some useful skills. Chances are good that other dance classes you have attended taught you at least a few movements you will use in African dance. Although many African dance classes cater to beginners, if you have never taken any kind of dance class, you might want to start with ballet. Many dance teachers recommend starting with this dance form, especially if you’d like to dance professionally.

It has African and European as well as local influences. The unique blend of music, movement, and costumes is part of makes cumbia so popular. indd 30 8/5/14 2:31 PM Chapter 4 The Evolution of African Dance One of the most interesting trends in African dance is the merging of different cultures. Cumbia, for example, is a wellknown traditional music and dance form in the country of Colombia. But it has African, European, and local influences. The African origins of the music are heard at once in the drums that give cumbia its rhythm.

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