Conga Line

oil on panel

PRICE:

350

SIZE:

8x10

ABOUT THE WORK

The conga line is a novelty line dance that was derived from the Cuban carnival dance of the same name and became popular in the US in the 1930s and 1950s. The dancers form a long, single line, which would spiral around a room. The conga dance was believed to have been brought over from Africa by slaves in the West Indies, and became a popular street dance in Cuba. It has three shuffle steps on the beat, followed by a kick that is slightly ahead of the fourth beat. The drum beat is important to the steps, and often uses a conga drum, shaped like a barrel. In the 1930s and 1940s, the Conga became wildly popular in the US, due to Hollywood's "Latin" musicals, such as "Too Many Girls" (1940), which starred Desi Arnaz, of "I Love Lucy".

This painting shows the celebration of everyone dancing together, following each other in line- there is a joy to dancing the same steps to the strong beat of the music.

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