Project Description

Students will explore the history, language, culture, songs, and dances of South Africa in this high-energy and exciting residency program.

The Gumboots dance originated in Johannesburg when many migrated from their rural homes to work in urban industries such as mining, which required long hours and paid low wages. Mine workers used their rubber work-boots to communicate on the job when speaking was forbidden, and this system of stomping and slapping evolved into a dance.

The Pantsula dance originated in the streets of Johannesburg in the 1950s and 60s, an expression of black identity and politics in apartheid South Africa. Over time, the dance continued to evolve as an expression of young South Africans’ status, style, and swagger.

Final Product
Students will prepare a small presentation and performance demonstrating what they have