The History and Tradition of Popular African American Social Dance Fads

African-American social dance was a way for enslaved Africans to keep cultural traditions alive and a sense of identity

Ted Ed - September 2016

Why do we dance? African-American social dances started as a way for enslaved Africans to keep cultural traditions alive and retain a sense of inner freedom. They remain an affirmation of identity and independence. In this electric demonstration, packed with live performances, choreographer, educator and TED Fellow Camille A. Brown explores what happens when communities let loose and express themselves by dancing together.

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