"CAKEWALK" | It's origins in Slavery, the "cakewalk" mocked the rich folks in the "Big House," and southern high-society. Bowing, bending and a high-stepping promenade were characteristic of the dance. In many instances the Cakewalk was performance, and even competition. The dance would be held at the master’s house on the plantation and he would serve as judge. The dance’s name comes from the cake that would be awarded to the winning couple. People'S History, Big House, History Photos, Black And White, Cakewalk Dance, Cakewalk Mocking, Black History
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The Cakewalk was a dance that was performed by slaves at get togethers on plantations. There are many theories as to its origin, one being that slaves borrowed the dance from the Seminole Indian tribe. The dance caught on in society in the late 1800's and at the end the couple who performed it best was awarded a cake. First performed only by men, it became the fashion to have women participate in the 1890's at which time the dance reached epic and ridiculous proportions.
"1943" Same year My Parents were married in New York, My Father was in the Army and my Mother accompanied him there from Louisville,KY
ELLEN THOMAS, Ex-Slave, age 89 (c.1930-40). Ellen's training as a house servant involved setting the dining table complete for guests, blindfolded, serving without disturbing anything on the table...So proficient did she become in serving, that a few times when they had guests, Judge Kimball would for their amusement have Ellen blindfolded and direct her to serve the dinner. (Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.)