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The Cakewalk was all the rage in 1840’s America. Originally designed as the finale for a minstrel show, this “walk-around” competition awarded a cake to the most spectacular couple with the woman in the couple often stepping back to feature her partner’s display of acrobatic tricks and fancy footwork.
A century later the dance form makes a reappearance, complete with costumes and the hybridization of dance styles that marked the minstrel show, only now, Woman’s Lib is in full swing. Who’s jookin’ whom?

Soul Train circa 1973/74

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Written by Sara Sessions

Sara Sessions is a Dallas-based promoter arts production and industry. Transitioning from a 13-year career with San Francisco Ballet, she discovered a passion for teaching Pilates as a way to share her professional expertise and connect people with the power of movement. This passion recently inspired her to found Dance Big D and host the first National Dance Day flash mob in downtown Dallas. Plans are under way for a citywide NDD 2014. Sara is completing her B.A. in Performing Arts through St. Mary’s College of California L.E.A.P. program.