Gumboot Dancers

The gumboot dance is an African dance that is performed by dancers wearing wellington boots. In South Africa these are more commonly called gumboots. The boots may be embellished with bells, so that they ring as the dancers stamp on the ground.  This sound would be a code or a different calling to say something to another person a short distance away. Gumboot dancing was conceived by black miners in South Africa as an alternative to drumming, which authorities restricted.  Another reason for gumboot dancing was for the miners in South Africa as they worked they sang.  Gumboot dancing has now become a world-known dance; in schools children perform the dance. 


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