Essay about Step Dance For African American Culture

1236 Words Nov 8th, 2014 5 Pages
Each culture has a number of things that is thought to be exclusively theirs. Dancing specifically is something that makes a culture more easily identified. When you see a particular dance or think of it you, without delay associate it with a specific culture or group of people. For instance, when you hear hip-hop dance you immediately think of African Americans right? Let’s take this same idea and apply it to stepping or step dancing, what group of people or culture do you associate it with? I’m sure you connected it to the African American culture as well. This is right. Step dance is very significant within the African American community as a whole. Of course, it happens to be more concentrated amongst fraternities and sororities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Since its origination it has slowly, but surely started to cross racial and cultural lines. In the long run it will be known less as a “Black thing” and more of as an “American thing”. I bet you are wondering what is stepping? Stepping is the process of using your body as an instrument. This includes spoken word, footsteps, clapping, facial expressions and sometimes props. These props are often canes, but it is not limited to just that. More frequently this percussive dance is done by a group, but can be done by a single individual also formations closely resemble, if not exactly mimic military style. According to the History of Stepping article “The first form of step dance originated in the…

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