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Adiyah Crute Beverly Trask Social Dancing October 1, 2009 Minstrel Show The minstrel show was a type of American entertainment that consisted of comic skits, dancing, music, and variety acts performed by white people in blackface. After the Civil War African Americans also started to perform using blackface. Blackface is a style of theatrical make up that began in the United States. Blackface was an important performance tradition in the American Theatre for 100 years beginning around 1830. Blackface minstrelsy was the first American theatrical form. In the 1830s and 1840s, it was the foundation of the rise of an American music industry. Minstrel Shows portrayed black people as ignorant, lazy, superstitious, joyous, and buffonish. The standard minstrel performance followed a three-act structure. In the first act, the entire troupe danced onto stage singing a popular song. The second portion of the show was called ol io. Its purpose was to allow stage changes behind the curtain. Usually during this time it was similar to a variety show.
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