ERIC Number: EJ1072951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
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The Origins of the "Fanga" Dance
Damm, Robert J.
Music Educators Journal, v102 n1 p75-81 Sep 2015
The "fanga" is a dance taught throughout the United States to children in elementary music classes, students in African dance classes, teachers in multicultural workshops, and professional dancers in touring ensembles. Although the history of the fanga is a path overgrown with myth, this article offers information about the dance's origin, development, and dissemination. Also included is an introduction to Asadata Dafora, the first dancer to stage the fanga in the United States; an extensive examination of Pearl Primus and her role in adapting and popularizing the fanga; and a commentary on the period when the fanga moved into the elementary school classroom.
Descriptors: Music Education, Dance Education, Dance, Educational History, Elementary School Curriculum, Educational Practices, Educational Development, Music Activities, Etiology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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