Africanist Characteristics in American Dance

Africanist Characteristics in American Dance

One of these characteristics that are displayed is that of embracing a conflict.  This characteristic appears when African aesthetic takes and faces difference and hold it, rather than dissolving it (pg 332).  An example of this is Marshall and Jean Stearn's Jazz Dance. It was embodied by the moves of the Tucker's Snake Hip where conflicts are contrary such as being smooth and also awkward, threatening and at the same time detached, seductive and even innocent. Also, power postures from a black male body that has no power (Dils et al., 2001)

The second one is Polycentrism or Polyrhythm which means that movements may come from any part of the body or two parts may move together at the same time.  Most of the European

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