Chapter A frica Because the first evidence of human evolution comes to us from Africa, it is probable that dance itself originated on this continent. Today, the world’s second largest continent (by both size and population) boasts a huge variety of dance and music, contemporary and traditional. Many African dances have cultural roots as mating dances and/or warrior dances; some have changed drastically over time, but others have had few, if any, alterations to the central theme. 1

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