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Making Caribbean DanceContinuity and Creativity in Island Cultures$
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Susanna Sloat

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034676

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034676.001.0001

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Tradition Reaffirming Itself in New Forms

Tradition Reaffirming Itself in New Forms

An Overview of Trinidad and Tobago Folk Dances

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(p.297) 20 Tradition Reaffirming Itself in New Forms
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Making Caribbean Dance
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Hazel Franco
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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034676.003.0020

Hazel Franco braids the many strands of the two islands' (Trinidad and Tobago) folk dance cultures with their histories. She focuses on Afro-Trinidadian dances and their underlying African heritages and various infusions, on Carnival traditions from the balls of French plantation owners to the development of traditional Carnival characters to the mid-20th century bands of sailors and ship's firemen following steel bands. She notes the different history and dances of Tobago, government innovations like the Best Village competitions, and the black power movement of the 1970s. She charts an arc of choreographers adopting folklore for the stage, with new theatrical fusions from pioneer Beryl McBurnie to Cyril St. Lewis to Astor Johnson.

Keywords:   Hazel Franco, Trinidad, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago folk dance, Carnival, steel bands, Best Village, Beryl McBurnie, Cyril St. Lewis, Astor Johnson

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