The 'Kid 'n Play' Originated from African Dance? [VIDEO]
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The Butterfly. The Kid 'n Play. Popping & Locking. The Dougie. All of these dances hold a place in African-American culture, and though all appear wildly different at first glance, a teacher from Duke University begs to differ.
In a recently-released video, Thomas DeFrantz, professor of African-American Studies at the school, performs some of the 20th and 21st century's most popular moves in the Black community, and informs viewers of their connection to a trilogy of dances developed after the Middle Passage.
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DeFrantz reminds us that the Buck, Wing and Jig were once all restricted by White slaveholders, who only approved of Christian-like movements.