The Saratoga Accomplishing Arts Centre, along with New York-dependent dance enterprise Soul Actions, have unveiled video clip classes on South African gumboot dancing in honor of Black History Month. These lessons are pre-recorded movies taught by Maxine Lyle, a step-dancer and the founder of Soul Steps, and are a precursor to learning formal phase.
“There’s proof of stage cropping up on faculty campuses as early as the 1920s,” claimed Lyle, who claims stage-dancing, also acknowledged merely as phase, can be a form of social resistance. “Indigenous African dancing and African-American step, the two artwork types glance so identical. As steppers, we consider that these are some of our early roots.”