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Dance Craze: Black Roots

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Josephine Baker dancing the Charleston at the Folies Bergère, Paris, in 1926 (wikimedia commons)

From the Charleston to the Dougie, popular dances in the U.S. are often rooted in African American social dances – some that stretch all the way back to times of slavery. Professional dancer, writer and historian Thomas DeFrantz joins us to talk about the echoes of black history evident in 20th century dance crazes. 

Watch Thomas DeFrantz demonstrate the buck, wing and jig dances. 


Thomas DeFrantz

Comments [2]

Archana Gowda from Durham, NC

Watch Thomas F. DeFrantz demo Buck, Wing and Jig dances here: More videos at:

May. 03 2012 11:27 AM
Robots Need to Party from NYC

Thanks for this segment. Its fascinating.

May. 01 2012 02:31 PM

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