“CROWNS – The United Voices of the Bronx”

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I am developing a new dance around a clothing element common to women of the African Diaspora, head wraps. In the United States during slavery time, the enslaved women were required by their masters to cover up their natural hair in such a way to shame them off their natural beauty and thus negate their roots. This notion quickly turned around as the enslaved women would fashion their wraps and utilize colorful fabrics converting wraps into a fashion statement. In other cultures, the head wrap is worn to keep religious views. I see the head wrap as a vehicle that unites the voices and images of African, Caribbean, Hispanic, and Muslim women in the United States, specifically highlighting the diversity in the borough of the Bronx.

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