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The history of African-American social dance - Camille A. Brown

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Why do we dance? African-American social dances started as a way for enslaved Africans to keep cultural traditions alive and retain a sense of inner freedom. They remain an affirmation of identity and independence. In this electric demonstration, packed with live performances, choreographer, educator and TED Fellow Camille A. Brown explores what happens when communities let loose and express themselves by dancing together.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Camille A. Brown
  • Script Editor Mia Nacamulli
  • Title Designer Tolga Yıldız
  • Narrator Camille A. Brown

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