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.
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Origin of ring shout
An Americanism dating back to 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for ring shout
a West African circle dance that has influenced jazz, surviving in the Black churches of the southern US
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