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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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Dance in Barbados

Dance in Barbados

Reclaiming, Preserving, and Creating National Identities

(p.265) 18 Dance in Barbados
Making Caribbean Dance
Susan Harewood, John Hunte
University Press of Florida

Susan Harewood and John Hunte reveal a wealth of information and insight about how the range of Barbados dance and policy on that island helps form identities, from the historical dances, to efforts after independence to use dance to promote nation building, to developing the government-funded Barbados Dance Theatre Company, to that uniquely Barbadian organization, the Landship. Issues of class, of who gets government subsidy, of emphasis on the African-derived or European-derived come to the fore within their framing question of decency and indecency. The wukking up to soca and calypso at Crop Over, Barbados' carnival season, is contrasted with a resurgence of ballroom dancing, liturgical dance, and new dance companies.

Keywords:   Barbados dance, Susan Harewood, John Hunte, Barbados Dance Theatre Company, Landship, decency and indecency, wukking up, calypso, Crop Over, liturgical dance

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