Ring Shout was a dance-like form of Christian worship done by African-American slaves, mostly before the Civil War. It involves moving in a counterclockwise circle, singing, clapping, stomping and beating on the floor rhythmically with a stick or broom.

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  • LEARN ABOUT IT: We will learn all we can from the few remaining practitioners of Ring Shout, and the people who have studied and written about Ring Shout.
  • DO IT: We will learn to do Ring Shout in as authentic a manner as is possible.
  • SHARE IT: We will start a small performance troupe which will demonstrate and share Ring Shout at local schools and churches. Everything thing we learn will be posted on this web site.

For more information contact: Mark or Frances

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