Monday, January 22, 2007

Stomp the Yard

For the second week in a row the movie Stomp the Yard has ruled the box office
Stomp the Yard like Drumline takes place at an all Black college and explores the themes brotherhood and how talent alone is not enough.

Although Stomp is a movie about a dance competition The story explores the Black college Fraternity a true source pride for the pledges "My main fear is that people who don't know anything about black fraternities and sororities will think that all that we're about is putting on step shows," said Fleming, of Des Moines. "For me, being an Alpha means being a role model."

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The dance moves used in the movie although they appear to be hip hop have deeper roots that African welly boot dance is an African dance, which one may conjecture from the name is performed by dancers wearing Wellington boots. In South Africa, these are more commonly called gumboots. It is believed by some to have been a forerunner of the tap dance. The boots are embellished with bells, so that they ring as the dancers stamp on the ground.

According to an article from the Shropshire news site Shropshire, the dance is the highlight of the performance of Black Umfolosi, a group from Zimbabwe described as one of Africa's most famous folk groups. The article explains

Interview with Chuck Maldonado associate choreographer for Stomp the yard click here

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