African Studies | Topics in African Society & Culture
L100 | 30451 | Dlamini, Betty

Gumboot Dance: Beauty from Pain
1st Eight Weeks  (Tuesday and Thursday)04:00  06:15 TR (BH319)

The Gumboot Dance course is more than just dance. It includes the
study of how the early gold miners in South Africa transformed an
oppressive and painful situation into a beautiful and enjoyable one.
In the introduction there is a discussion of important concepts such
as community, traditional practices, heritage, identity, diversity,
participation, life performance, oppression, improvisation and non
verbal forms of communication. The understanding of these concepts
assists students in studying the history of Gumboot dance. Next, is
the history of Gumboot dance in the mines of South Africa, where the
miners were from diverse backgrounds and had brought with them their
diverse traditional practices. The history extends to the
exploration of the origins of the icons of Gumboot Dance, which are
the boots, jean over-alls, bandanas and helmets. Practically
learning Gumboot Dance is spread throughout the course. Apart from
learning making various movements of the body, the practical
sessions incorporate learning how to make rhythmical stamping of
feet, slapping of boots and parts of the body and clapping of hands.
The students get the opportunity to create their own contemporary
patterns of Gumboot dancing, which come along with their own lyrics.
The climax of the course is a live performance by the students,
where they demonstrate the newly learnt dance skill as well as their
own new creations.

For more details contact the Instructor,
Betty Dlamini (PhD)
-Office: Woodburn 354;
Phone 812 855 6786;