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Monday, February 13, 2012

The Cakewalk & The Grand March - The USA & Canada

Edited by Azizi Powell

Uncle Tom's Cabin - Cakewalk - 1903 Edison Version



Uploaded by uncletomscabindvd on Aug 17, 2010

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This is Part II of a three part video series on The Grand March.[revised 5/1/2013]

Part II provides an introduction to The Cakewalk in the United States and the Grand March in the United States & Canada. The Cakewalk is a 19th century African American dance which began as a parody of The Grand March, and other 19th century European formal dances.

Part I http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/02/examples-of-grand-march-europe.html of this series provides an introduction to The Grand March in Europe.

Part III http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/02/grand-march-liberia-west-africa.html of this series presents a video introduction to The Grand March in Liberia, West Africa.

These posts are presented for their historical and aesthetic value.

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PART II: THE CAKEWALK

Example #1: Uncle Tom's Cabin - Cakewalk - 1903 Edison Version

This film clip is presented at the top of the page.

Here's the uploader's comment about that historical film clip:
"From Uncle Tom's Cabin Reconsidered - http://www.uncletomscabindvd.com

By 1903, the "simple, happy darkie" was becoming a well-established cultural and racial stereotype that was embedded in, and projected by, the many devolved stage versions of the play and the more vaudevillian traveling "Tom Shows." Not only did they dance while waiting to be auctioned off as slaves, they also danced while waiting for the riverboat to come in and, in this scene, entitled "Tom and Eva in the Garden," the producers insert an entirely gratuitous cakewalk-type dance sequence for over a minute before the story action of the play picks up again.

The complete 1903 Edison film version of Uncle Tom's Cabin is included on the DVD in the Uncle Tom's Cabin Reconsidered program - http://www.uncletomscabindvd.com"

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Example #2: Uncle Tom's Cabin - Group and Solo Cakewalk dance (1903)



Sonny Watson, Published on Feb 23, 2013

1903 Uncle Tom's Cabin Group Cakewalk scene with some solo cakewalk dance as well.

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Example #3: Cake Walk



LibraryOfCongress,Uploaded on Jul 10, 2009

SUMMARY
Five African Americans--three men and two women--perform a cakewalk, a dance featuring fancy strutting that was named after the prize awarded in the original contests. The dancers wear rather formal attire, with the men in dark suits and black tie and the women in full-length, high-collared dark dresses; one woman carries a small American flag. As they step in place against a light background, the center male--holding up a top hat and twirling a cane--moves toward the camera and briefly performs some fancy steps. As he moves back, the man at the left end of the line does a quick twirling step and links arms with his partner. The other two dancers also pair off as the center male leads them in a strutting movement around the stage. When they return to the original line, all five step towards the camera with the center man slightly ahead of the others. The film ends just as they stop the cakewalk.

CREATED/PUBLISHED
United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903.
NOTES
Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11May1903; H31674.

Filmed at the Biograph New York City studio, perhaps on the roof...

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THE GRAND MARCH
Information about the Grand March
From http://www.mnopltd.com/cdance/grandmarch.html:
"The Grand March is a traditional way in which to being a formal ball. All the couples line up in promenade order, and prance around the hall in various figures."

Example #1: The Grand March



Uploaded by mlsdesigns on May 11, 2008

A dance from the Seagrave Victoria Day Ball, May 10th 2008

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Example #2 - Grand March



Uploaded by nhcaller on Jan 18, 2011

The Grand March starts the Saturday night dance at the annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend, held in mid-January each year at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. This footage was taken on January 15, 2011.

Named in honor of the great New England caller of contra and square dances, the RPDLW celebrates the traditions of New England style dancing, including dances and music that are centuries old and those that have been composed more recently.

This year's Grand March was led by Beth and Tony Parkes, with music provided by Bob McQuillen, piano; Randy Miller, fiddle; and Peter Siegel, mandolin. The tunes in the medley are All the Way to Galway, Mari's Wedding, Jenny's Gone to Linton, and Liberty (also known as the Reel de Ti-Jean)

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Example #3: 2010 Vancouver English Country Dance Ball - Grand March



Uploaded by PaulARLowe on May 26, 2010

2010 Vancouver English Country Dance Ball - Grand March

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