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Cakewalk, 1970, Lithograph from the Rhythm Series portfolio

Some parodies are so clever the subjects don't even realize they're being mocked. The cakewalk dance was created by slaves to poke fun at their white masters. And the clueless masters loved it. Jonathan Mitchell speaks with choreographer Dianne McIntyre about how the parody came full circle.

(Originally aired October 16, 2004)


Video: Archival footage of the cakewalk dance in 1903


Music Playlist

  1. Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 6. Golliwogg's Cakewalk

    Artist: Alexis Weissenberg
    Album: A Debussy Weekend
    Label: DG