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Published on Feb 23, 2013
1903 Uncle Tom's Cabin Group Cakewalk scene with some solo cakewalk dance as well.
from Streetswing.com excerpt: It originated in Florida by the African-American slaves who got the basic idea from the Seminole Indians (couples walking solemnly).The original idea of the Cakewalk was that of a couple promenading in a dignified manner, dressed in Sundays best, high stepping and kicking, mimicking whitey's high society. Some of the better plantation owners would bake a special cake called a hoecake wrapped in cabbage leaf on Sundays and invite the neighbors over and have a contest of the slaves, different prizes were given but originally it was a Hoecake for the males and molasses pulled candy for the ladies and whichever slave(s) won, would get the cake / Candy ... thus the term "That Takes The Cake!" (Plus others such as 'It's a Cakewalk' = very easy) and the name "Cakewalk" was now set. The dance grew in popularity even after the Civil War (1861-1865), but it would change and become more grand in style and clothing as time marched on.