Battling under Britannia’s shadow: British dance battles before B Boys

Carr, Jane (2010) Battling under Britannia’s shadow: British dance battles before B Boys. In: Re:Generations: International Perspectives on Dance of the African Diaspora, 5-7 November 2010, London Metropolitan University.

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Abstract

In Britain, before Hip Hop and House ruled the dance floor, the sons and daughters of the ‘Windrush’ immigrants, dancing alongside other young people who lived in the UK’s poorest areas, had forged their own dance styles with which to battle for supremacy on the dance floor. What remains of this phenomenon are the testaments of those involved and a few brief video clips that can be retrieved from films or postings on the internet. These reveal how in a Britain struggling with issues of ‘class’ and ‘race’ a generation of youths developed their own dance identities.

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Additional Information:In Britain, before Hip Hop and House ruled the dance floor, the sons and daughters of the ‘Windrush’ immigrants, dancing alongside other young people who lived in the UK’s poorest areas, had forged their own dance styles with which to battle for supremacy on the dance floor. What remains of this phenomenon are the testaments of those involved and a few brief video clips that can be retrieved from films or postings on the internet. These reveal how in a Britain struggling with issues of ‘class’ and ‘race’ a generation of youths developed their own dance identities.
Keywords:dance, jazz, identities
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W540 Types of Dance
W Creative Arts and Design > W500 Dance
W Creative Arts and Design > W530 History of Dance
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Performing Arts
ID Code:3792
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Deposited On:31 Dec 2010 16:54
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:52

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