Cakewalking Out of Slavery

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Program Type: Author Event, Lectures

Event Description

Author and historian Mark Matthews presents two lectures based on the history of American social dancing.

The first program on Thursday will be based on his book Jitterbugging Across the Caroline: Desegregating the Dance Floor on the history of African-based social dance.

The second program on Friday is based on his book Square your Sets: the Birth of American Social Dance and centers on the history of European social dance.

Mark will take you back to the ballrooms, taverns, juke joints, honky tonks and dance emporiums of the past as he explains the manner in which American dancing evolved with certain social changes–and, how certain dances stimulated changes in American social life.