Joy taught us the South African Gumboot Dance. The Gumboot dance was created by men working in the gold mines in South Africa. The men wore rubber boots (gumboots) in the mines, they were not treated well by their white bosses. They were banned from talking to each other while working in the mines and so the mine workers very cleverly created a way of communicating with each other through coded slaps on their boots and bare chests. This means of communication was the beginning of the famous Gumboot Dance!