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A comedy video ... Cakewalk dance

As described in Chapter 53

By the 1890's, the "Cakewalk" was the hottest dance in the United States. It appears to have originated in the South among African American slaves who got the idea from the Seminole Indians. Many special movements of the cake-walk include bending the back of the body and a dropping of the hands at the wrists.

The idea of the Cakewalk was that of a couple promenading in a dignified manner, high stepping and kicking, mimicking high society. Some plantation owners would bake a cake on Sundays and invite the neighbors over and have a contest of the slaves. The prize was often a cake and whoever won would get the cake...thus creating the term, "That takes the cake!"

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Source: The Library of Congress American Memory Project.

 

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