A cakewalk is a competition in which couples dance and compete for a piece of cake, or at times a fully decorated cake. Slaves performed the dance and plantation owners usually judged the competition. The dance consisted of high-legged prancing whilst tilting the head, torso, and shoulders back. Although plantation owners were using the event for their personal entertainment, the enslaved couples were blatantly mocking the ways they had seen white people ballroom dance. The pairs danced in a square with the men on the inside and were judged on their grace, the elaborate turns, and the elegance of the swings when turning the corners. Today, cakewalks are a popular game that is played at carnivals and school events. The game consists of walking in a circle for a chance to win. The term “takes the cake” and “a piece of cake” are two sayings that derived from this pre-civil war competition.