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Gum Boot Drum & Dance

gumboot drum and dance performancesGumboot dancing originated in the South African diamond and gold mines and by the start of the last century spread across the country. This dance program portrays the unity built among the mine workers, who were brought unwillingly from neighboring countries and local regions of South Africa. Despite their language and tribal differences, the workers used dance to bridge the communication gap and cope with the brutality of their daily lives in the mines.