teams which would rehearse and compete in performance with teams
from other compounds. The use of this dance as a tourist attraction has
Dance and politics
also led to the understanding, in some areas, of the dance as manipulated
by white people (Muller and Fargion 1999).
From its inception and throughout its performancehistory the dance
exhibited the disciplining of the African population by the white population in South Africa. Gumboot dance, then, not only imitated and performed the politics of inequality that circumscribed the miners’ lives