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Summary: The meeting of African slaves and European plantation owners in the New World set the stage for the creation of distinctly American dance forms.  Teachers will embody the physical differences between these two cultures and identify which components each contributed to American social and performance dance forms such as the Cakewalk and Lindy Hop.

TEKS Directly Addressed
(23)  Culture. The student understands the relationships between and among people from various groups, including racial, ethnic, and religious groups, during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The student is expected to:

(A)  identify selected racial, ethnic, and religious groups that settled in the United States and explain their reasons for immigration;
The emphasis of Lindy Hop into History will be on Western European plantation owners and West African slaves (and the descendants of both of these people).

(D)  analyze the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to our national identity; and
Lindy Hop into History will explore the contributions of Western Europeans and West Africans to the development of the distinctly American dance forms.  Students will analyze the physical attributes of Western social dance and West African dance, contrast the two traditions and identify which components fused to form new dance forms that include the Cakewalk and the Lindy Hop. 

(26)  Culture. The student understands the relationship between the arts and the times during which they were created. The student is expected to:
 (C)  analyze the relationship between fine arts and continuity and change in the American way of life.
Students will explore the role of dance on the plantation for slave owners and slaves and how these traditions fused and then changed and developed after the Emancipation Proclamation and freed slaves moved north.  Students will learn and perform dances present on the American plantation, those dances that survived after slavery, and dances that descended from the plantation experience.