Cake Walk Craze!

Cake Walk Craze!

A 19th century public entertainment among African Americans in which walkers performing the most accomplished or amusing steps won cakes as prizes.

The cake walk is the latest dance to hit fashionable ballrooms. Couples form a square with the men on the inside and strut around the square. They are eliminated one by one by judges, who consider the elegance of the men, the grace of women, and the inventiveness of the dancers. The remaining pair win a decorated cake.

Cake Walk

Cake Walk

Cake Walk Story!

It originated in Florida by the African-American slaves who got the basic idea from the Seminole Indians (couples walking solemnly). Many of the special movements of the cake-walk, the bending back of the body, and the dropping of the hands at the wrists, amongst others, were a distinct feature in certain tribes of the African Kaffir dances. The Breakdown and Walk around a Minstrel parody later to be named the Cakewalk was one of the main sources of the Chalk Line Walk. These “Walkers” as they were called, would walk a straight line and balance buckets of water on their heads. Over time the dance evolved into a exaggerated parody of the white, upper class ballroom figures who would imitate the mannerisms of the “Big House” (masters house) with such dignified walking, bowing low, waving canes, doffing hats, and high kicking grand promenade.

Cake Walk Dance

First Cake Walk Contest!

By the 1890’s, the Cakewalk was the hottest thing around and Charles Johnson and Dora Dean are said to have introduced the Cakewalk in 1893. However in 1889 The Creole Show would feature the Cakewalk and in 1892 the first Cakewalk contest was held in a New York ballroom).

Nowadays stage dance developed from walking steps and figures typically involving a high prance with backward tilt.

Notes: First Cake Walk contest was held in a New York ballroom in 1892.

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Cake Walk Craze! A 19th century public entertainment among African Americans in which walkers performing the most accomplished or amusing steps won cakes as prizes. The cake walk is the latest dance to hit fashionable ballrooms. Couples form a square with the men on the inside and strut around the square....
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