The Africanness of Dance in Cuba

Edited by Graciela Chao Carbonero and Melba Núñez Isalbe

in Making Caribbean Dance

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034676
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046303 | DOI:
The Africanness of Dance in Cuba

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Cuban dance researcher Graciela Chao Carbonero discusses how the African element penetrates all aspects of Cuban dance. She begins with the African-based danced religions of Cuba, Regla de Ocha or Santería (the religion of the Yoruba orishas), Palo Monte and other Congolese-based sects, Arará, and Abakuá, and how steps from such traditions merge with secular Cuban folk dances such as carnival comparsas and sones miméticos and also influence the dances that descend from European contradanza. Chao delves into contemporary casino and casino rueda and the African underpinnings of such dances and also of Cuban modern dance, with its training technique, técnica cubana, developed by Ramiro Guerra and others, and of Cuban variety dance in clubs and pn television.

Keywords: Graciela Chao Carbonero; Cuban dance; African-based religions of Cuba; Santería; Yoruba orishas; Palo Monte; Arara; Abakuá; Cuban folk dances; casino rueda

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Subjects: Dance

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