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Cultural dance developed within African American communities in everyday spaces, rather than in studios, schools or companies.These dances are usually centered on folk and social dance practice, though performance dance often supply complementary aspects to this.

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Dance; African-American

Street dance popularized in the United States that is characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement. Krumping originated in South Central Los Angeles, CA during the ...


Dance; African-American

A novelty dance, most popular in 1963. The dance was popularized by two R&B records: Major Lance's "The Monkey Time", and The Miracles' "Mickey's Monkey" both Top 10 Pop hits released during the ...


Dance; African-American

A dance developed from a "Prize Walk" done in the days of slavery, generally at get-togethers on plantations in the Southern United States.

Lindy Hop

Dance; African-American

A dance based on the popular Charleston and named for Charles Lindbergh's Atlantic crossing in 1927. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is ...


Dance; African-American

A dance named for the city of Charleston, South Carolina. The rhythm was popularized in mainstream dance music in the United States by a 1923 tune called "The Charleston" by composer/pianist James P. ...

Texas Tommy

Dance; African-American

A name used in Lindy Hop for a dance move in which the leader executes a swingout but on the four counts of the return. This dance was a hit around 1910 at a Negro cabaret, Purcell's, on the Barbary ...

Northern Soul

Dance; African-American

Music and dance movement that emerged from the British mod scene, initially in northern England in the late 1960s. Northern soul mainly consists of a particular style of black American soul music ...

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