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Dance in Barbados

Edited by Susan Harewood and John Hunte

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034676.003.0018
Dance in Barbados

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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

Chapter.  6708 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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