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Research different types of African dance, and explore different classes. With thousands of cultures on the African continent, there are countless types of African dance. If you don’t enjoy the first one you try, feel free to try others! Ask your friends if they would enjoy learning African dance with you. Nearly every type of dance is more fun with other people. This is especially true of African dance, which traditionally has been performed in groups. indd 42 8/5/14 2:31 PM Timeline 1500s–1700s Millions of African people are captured and shipped to the New World; Europeans begin the practice of “dancing the slaves” to keep slaves healthy on ships.

The word cumbia comes from the word cumbe, which is a type of dance from the African country of Guinea. Cumbia became especially popular during the 1950s and 60s. Today young people appear to be giving it new life, as more and more dancers are bringing it back into style. The renewed interest in the dance has also created new interest in the music. Numerous popular musicians in Colombia, Mexico, and other Latin American countries have recorded cumbia music. Digital cumbia has become especially popular in Argentina in recent years.

Gordon Kay is a drummer who works alongside instructor Djibril Camara in Urbana, Illinois. indd 38 8/5/14 2:31 PM Moving to the Beat of Different Drums Drumming can be a confidence-boosting activity for young people. It can also be a lot of fun. Gazette. ” Camara has also taught at the University of Illinois and performed in various area schools and festivals. Before he began teaching, he was a professional dancer for twenty years. He spent the bulk of those years as the principal dancer and choreographer for Ballet du Afrique Noir.

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