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36—Dr Ajay Kumar Singh/Dreamstime; p. 39—Frances Fruit/Dreamstime; p. 40—Robert K. O’Daniel/The News-Gazette/AP Images; p. indd 47 8/5/14 2:31 PM About the Author Tammy Gagne is t he au t h or of nume rous bo ok s f or adul ts and childre n, including Tre nds in Mart ial Arts and We Visi t Sou t h Af r ic a f or Mi tche l l L ane Publishe rs. She re side s in nort he r n Ne w England w i t h he r husb and and son . One of he r f avor i te pas t ime s is v isi t ing sch o ols to spe ak to k ids abou t t he w r i t ing proce s s.

Jamie McGowan is the associate director of the University of Illinois’s Center for African Studies. ” At the end of the class, student Ann-Marie Shapiro is both exhausted and happy. “I had to join a gym so I could work out so I could do this once a week,” she revealed to The News Gazette. But she clearly doesn’t mind. “It’s so fun. indd 40 8/5/14 2:31 PM First Steps If you are interested in studying African dance, you may not even realize that you already have some useful skills. Chances are good that other dance classes you have attended taught you at least a few movements you will use in African dance.

2013 Point Park University holds World Cultural Dance Week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 2014 Bakomanga, a music and dance group from Madagascar, comes to the United States for the first time to perform in DanceAfrica. indd 43 8/5/14 2:31 PM Further Reading Books Glass, Barbara S. African American Dance: An Illustrated History. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. Hanley, Elizabeth A. et al. African Dance. New York: Chelsea House, 2010. Mouflet, Djoniba. Joneeba! New York: Hatherleigh Press, 2001. Welsh-Asante, Kariamu, ed.

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