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Folk Dances Of Jamaica

Author : Hilary S. Carty
ISBN : 1852730072
Genre : History
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Folk Dances of Jamaica is a detailed practical and theoretical discussion of five Jamaican folk dances - the Kumina, Dinkie Minie, Quadrille, Bruckin's, and Revival. The book's strength and appeal lies in the care taken to introduce, describe and illuminate in detail these dances. The book is invaluable for the student of dance, providing as it does practical information on both technique and performance, and is illustrated with bold drawings by "H" Patten. The author herself trained as a dancer and her book was researched in traditional settings in Jamaica and at the Jamaica School of Dance, where she studied after graduating in Performing Arts from Leicester Polytechnic. She has maintained a strong interest in dance, becoming Dance and Mime Officer for East Midlands Arts in the late 1980s and then General Manager for Adzido Dance Ensemble. As Arts Council England's Director of Dance from 1994 - 2003, Hilary championed the policy, development and promotion of all forms of dance nationally and internationally, before widening her expertise through leadership roles in the arts and broader cultural and creative industries.
Category: History

Jamaica In Pictures

Author : Janice Hamilton
ISBN : 0822523949
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Discusses the land, history, government, people, and economy of Jamaica.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Rock It Come Over

Author : Olive Lewin
ISBN : 9766400288
Genre : Music
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This volume describes the music and lore of Jamaica from the early 16th century through emancipation in 1838 to the mid-20th century. Olive Lewin explores the role of music in the lives of slaves and explores the life and beliefs of the Kumina cult queen, Imogene Queenie Kennedy.
Category: Music

Making Caribbean Dance

Author : Susanna Sloat
ISBN : 0813034671
Genre : Performing Arts
File Size : 55.56 MB
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This groundbreaking book is an intriguing read for anyone who's ever spun out on a dance floor, or wanted to.--Elizabeth Zimmer, The Village Voice. Caribbean Dance from Abakua to Zouk is an unprecedented overview of the dances from each of this region's major islands and the complex, fused, and layered cultures that gave birth to them. The authors in this collection, from distinguished cultural leaders to highly innovative choreographers, reveal how dance shapes personal, communal, and national identity.
Category: Performing Arts

Culture And Customs Of Jamaica

Author : Martin Mordecai
ISBN : 031330534X
Genre : History
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Discusses Jamaican traditions, culture, religion, media, literature, and arts.
Category: History

Jamaican Song And Story

Author : Walter Jekyll
ISBN : 9780486437200
Genre : Music
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The trickster hero is a familiar character in folklore, and Jamaica's national folk hero is Annancy, an animal trickster noted for his unmitigated greed, treachery, and cruelty. A magic spider with a speech defect, Annancy is the perfect picaresque rogue: he is sneaky, lazy, dishonest, and totally without remorse--yet his geniality endears him to friend and foe alike. Annancy stories are an enduringly popular part of Jamaica’s cultural heritage, where the spider’s knavery finds expression in dance, theatre, and other creative arts. This delightful, compilation features some of the best-known, most-loved Annancy stories--faithfully reproduced, exactly as told to author Walter Jekyll by islanders. In addition to these tales, drawn largely from African sources but occasionally mixed with European strands and local innovations, the book contains digging sings (work songs used to liven up field labor), ring tunes (informal dances), and dancing tunes (mainly the Valse, Polka, Schottische, and Quadrilles). The author’s notes explain the dialect, and an extensive introduction discusses African folklore and its connections with Jamaican stories. Brief appendices note African and European musical influences on Jamaican tunes, and three essays appraise the importance of Annancy stories and the significance of this collection. The finest source of Annancy stories and other Jamaican folk tales and songs, this volume is an invaluable resource for anthropologists and a treat for anyone interested in Jamaican cultural history.
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Author : Sean Sheehan
ISBN : 0761417850
Genre : History
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A look at the land and the people of Jamaica.
Category: History

Folk Dancing

Author : Erica M. Nielsen
ISBN : 9780313376894
Genre : Performing Arts
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This overview of folk dancing in the United States showcases an important historical movement and explains how folk dance communities evolved to fulfill the needs of specific groups of people over time. • Presents information based upon hundreds of candid interviews and informal conversations with folk dancers across the country • Provides a timeline of dance trends in North America as related to the folk dance movement • Features diagrams of dance formations such as square dance, quadrilles, and contra dance as well as illustrations showing dance positions and community dance events from pre-20th century sources • Presents original photographs and images collected from interviewees to illustrate different facets of recreational dance communities • Contains a bibliography of resources that covers a broad scope of folk dance history as well as specific recreational communities • Includes a glossary of commonly used folk dance terms
Category: Performing Arts

Encyclopedia Of American Folklore

Author : Linda S. Watts
ISBN : 9781438129792
Genre : Folklore
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Presents an A-to-Z reference to American folklore with articles on folk heroes, authors, significant historical events, cultural groups, social aspects and more.
Category: Folklore