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African Dance

  1. 1. African Dance By: Samantha Bass ( click here for video of women doing African Dance)
  2. 2. Essential Question <ul><li>What is African Dance like and how is it different from most styles of dance we have seen? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why I chose this topic <ul><li>I chose this topic because I thought it would be very interesting to learn about another style of dance that I have never seen or learned about before. </li></ul><ul><li>I already knew that they wore native clothes and used drums while they were dancing. I also knew that it was very different from our style of dance. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How it is important to the cultures <ul><li>In most cultures and ethnic groups, dance is very important. </li></ul><ul><li>They use some dances to celebrate things like marriages, birth, and even death. </li></ul><ul><li>The dances can also be used to show emotions. Like affection, or anger. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The different kinds of African Dance <ul><li>There are many different kinds of African Dance according to cultures, ethnic groups, and religion. Some Styles are: </li></ul><ul><li>Togo Atsia - A women’s dance, they wear stylish dresses. It is used to show opinions in social events. </li></ul><ul><li>Gadzo - A spiritual and political dance. It was banned by the British but was still performed for many years. </li></ul><ul><li>Gahu – A happy, proud, colorful circle dance. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Clothing of African Dance <ul><li>The clothes that they wear during the dances are colorful with sometimes, animal print. </li></ul><ul><li>The clothes can represent the dances like if the dance is supposed to be angry, the outfit may be dark colors. </li></ul><ul><li>Some outfits include large, fancy headdresses. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Drums <ul><li>Drums are very important in the dances. </li></ul><ul><li>They are the beat of the dance and one of the only instruments used. </li></ul><ul><li>Drums have been used since the beginning of African Dance. </li></ul><ul><li>In early times, a drum “message” was used to send messages from town to town. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Overall and How it’s Different <ul><li>African Dance is polycentric. </li></ul><ul><li>This means that every part of the body is moving differently. </li></ul><ul><li>There are four sections of the body that they use: Arms, legs, shoulders, and chest </li></ul>
  9. 9. What was Surprising <ul><li>What was really surprising to me was how many different styles of dance there were. I didn’t think there was more than 2 different kinds of African dance. So, when I found the two websites that listed and described all the different kinds of dance, I was very surprised. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Questions I still have after research <ul><li>Will African dance become more popular in the United States soon? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did the British ban certain dances when they colonized? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Woks Cited <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> Picture and Info </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Kingdoms of Africa – Book </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. Works Cited (continued) <ul><li>Picture of African Dancers </li></ul><ul><li>Picture of drummers in African Outfits </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Thank You!  </li></ul>