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Dance in African Societies, Role of

This entry first explains the place of African dance in African worldview, the socializing function of rhythm in African dance, and the importance of participation by the audience. It then describes the role of movement, song, and instruments in African dance, as well as the participative role of the audience. The discussion includes examples from Africa, North America, and the African diaspora.

The Socializing Functions of Dance in African Worldview and the Symbolic Functions of the Arena

Dance in African societies is a communal art form. It accompanies all social and religious functions. The major socializing factor in African dance is rhythm, which in Africa means to move in step together as a communal people. The rhythm that Africans produce together as ...

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