Traditional Dances from the Caribbean

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Traditional dance from the Caribbean
Abakua - Afro-Cuban

Beguine - Guadeloupe, Martinique

Bellair - Trinidad

Bongo - Trinidad

Brukin's - Jamaica

Caribbean Quadrilles - Jamaica

Dinki Mini - Jamaica

Gere - Jamaica

Gumbay - Jamaica Goombay - Bahamas

Igbo - Haiti

Jonkonnu - Jamaica

Kumina - Jamaica

Tambu - Afro-Curacao

Abakua is an Afro-Cuban men's initiatory fraternity, or secret society, which originated from fraternal associations in the Cross River region of southeastern Nigeria and southwestern Cameroon.  The Beguine is a dance and music form, similar to a slow rumba, that was popular in the 1930s, coming from the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, where in local Creole Beke or Begue means a White person, and Beguine is the female form. It is a combination of Latin folk dance and French ballroom dance, and is a spirited but slow, close dance with a roll of the hips. Bruckins, is a Jamiacan dance performed primarily to celebrate Emancipation Day. A dance, whose music has both European and African elements, Bruckins is a "stately, dipping-gliding" dance. Bruckins is accompanied by an elaborate pageant, in which participants dress as European royalty and/or members of the royal court (courtiers, pages, soldiers, etc.). Sabine Sörgel has said that the first Bruckins was celebrated in 1834, after the formal abolition of slavery;[2] however, Olive Lewin states that the first Bruckins was only in 1839, after the elimination of the "apprenticeship" system.[ Quadrille is a historic dance performed by four couples in a rectangular formation, and a precursor to traditional square dancing. It is also a style of music.The term quadrille came to exist in the 17th century, within military parades, in which four horsemen and their mounts performed special square-shaped formations or figures. The word quadrille is probably derived from the Spanish word cuadrillo 

Dinki Mini This dance is of African origin of the wake tradition...
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