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Patricia Wilde and Frank Hobi in Ruthanna Boris. 'Cakewalk.' 1951. Photo: Walter Owen.

Patricia Wilde and Frank Hobi in Ruthanna Boris. 'Cakewalk.' 1951. Photo: Walter Owen.

Cake-Walk or Cakewalk-- was a dance developed from the "Prize Walks" held in the late 19th century, generally at get-togethers on black slave plantations in the Southern United States. Alternative names for the original form of the dance were "chalkline-walk", and the "walk-around". At the conclusion of a performance of the original form of the dance in an exhibit at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, an enormous cake was awarded to the winning couple. Thereafter it was…

Cake-Walk or Cakewalk-- was a dance developed from the "Prize Walks" held in the late 19th century, generally at get-togethers on black slave plantations in the Southern United States. Alternative names for the original form of the dance were "chalkline-walk", and the "walk-around". At the conclusion of a performance of the original form of the dance in an exhibit at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, an enormous cake was awarded to the winning couple. Thereafter it was…

Russian Princess Olga Alexandrovna Cantacuzene in marriage Altieri. Photos of 1870s.

Russian Princess Olga Alexandrovna Cantacuzene in marriage Altieri. Photos of 1870s.

Ad for Cake Walk contest in Atlantic City, NJ

Ad for Cake Walk contest in Atlantic City, NJ

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Xavier Sager Art Postcards 11.jpg

Later co-opted by whites to depict the supposed racial inferiority of blacks, the cakewalk originated as a satirical dance among slaves before Emancipation.

Later co-opted by whites to depict the supposed racial inferiority of blacks, the cakewalk originated as a satirical dance among slaves before Emancipation.

I'SE JUST BEEN MARRIED

I'SE JUST BEEN MARRIED

Ernst Lubitsch's "The Oyster Princess" (1919). Unrestrained outbreak of foxtrot dancing scene.

Ernst Lubitsch's "The Oyster Princess" (1919). Unrestrained outbreak of foxtrot dancing scene.

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