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ring shout

noun
1.
a group dance of West African origin introduced into parts of the southern U.S. by black revivalists, performed by shuffling counterclockwise in a circle while answering shouts of a preacher with corresponding shouts, and held to be, in its vigorous antiphonal patterns, a source in the development of jazz.
Origin of ring shout
1930-1935
An Americanism dating back to 1930-35
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British Dictionary definitions for ring-shout

ring-shout

noun
1.
a West African circle dance that has influenced jazz, surviving in the Black churches of the southern US
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