Adrienne DiMarco

Adrienne DiMarco

Adrienne DiMarco graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts with a BA in Liberal Arts and a concentration in African Dance Anthropology and Minor in Swahili. Adrienne has spent time in East Africa in both Malawi and Tanzania. While working as a nursery school teacher, Adrienne was able to study traditional dance with the local Maasai people as well as modern vernacular dance with the local youth of Kilimanjaro.

Adrienne’s time spent in East Africa became the basis for her Major Research Project “What do you dance? The Importance of dance in ethnographic fieldwork, a case study from Tanzania” in which she argues for making movement a consistent element of ethnographic fieldwork. Adrienne addresses the need for fieldwork to be done on a narrower focus within cultural domain in order to better distinguish identifying sub-culture characteristics within a larger cultural group. This narrower focus can be achieved by using dance as a tool for subdividing regional cultures into their own, unique sub-identities. Using fieldwork from Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Adrienne demonstrates how dance can be used as a tool for commonality among differing ethnic groups in a single country ultimately revealing how dance and movement can be used to find both differences and similarities between communities.