Hot Feet and Social Change

African Dance and Diaspora Communities
Author: Edited by Kariamu Welsh, Esailama G. A. Diouf, and Yvonne Daniel
Foreword by Thomas F. DeFrantzPreface by Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, and James Counts Early
Indelible stories of living African dance within the African diaspora
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Publication Date
Paperback: 11/25/2019
Cloth: 11/25/2019
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About the Book

The popularity and profile of African dance have exploded across the African diaspora in the last fifty years. Hot Feet and Social Change presents traditionalists, neo-traditionalists, and contemporary artists, teachers, and scholars telling some of the thousands of stories lived and learned by people in the field. Concentrating on eight major cities in the United States, the essays challenges myths about African dance while demonstrating its power to awaken identity, self-worth, and community respect. These voices of experience share personal accounts of living African traditions, their first encounters with and ultimate embrace of dance, and what teaching African-based dance has meant to them and their communities. Throughout, the editors alert readers to established and ongoing research, and provide links to critical contributions by African and Caribbean dance experts.

Contributors: Ausettua Amor Amenkum, Abby Carlozzo, Steven Cornelius, Yvonne Daniel, Charles “Chuck” Davis, Esailama G. A. Diouf, Indira Etwaroo, Habib Iddrisu, Julie B. Johnson, C. Kemal Nance, Halifu Osumare, Amaniyea Payne, William Serrano-Franklin, and Kariamu Welsh

* Publication of this book was supported in part by the University of Illinois Press Fund for Anthropology.

About the Author

Kariamu Welsh is a professor emerita of Dance at Temple University. Her books include Umfundalai: An African Dance Technique. Esailama G. A. Diouf is the founding director of Bisemi Foundation Inc. and the Arts and Culture Consultant at the San Francisco Foundation. Yvonne Daniel is a professor emerita of Dance and Afro-American Studies at Smith College. Her books include Dancing Wisdom: Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomblé and Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora Dance: Igniting Citizenship.


"The collection is generally well conceived and will surely provide inspiration for the dance world." --Choice

"An intriguing collection of stories about the origins and purposes of African dance . . . Hot Feet and Social Change, is a strong resource." --African Studies Quarterly


"Many of the authors are themselves the sources of both dance traditions created within the last decades and of significant studies about them. This work is unprecedented and, thanks to its insider perspectives, only possible as the editors have constructed it."--Sheila S. Walker, editor of African Roots, American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas