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A tribute to visionary Ntozake Shange’s Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance

Visionary poet and playwright Ntozake Shange’s first posthumously published book, “Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance” (Beacon Press, 2020) was recently treated to a virtual launch by her alma mater Barnard College’s Shange Magic project, in collaboration with Beacon Press and the Shange Literary Trust

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Calvin Royal III: 1st Black male principal with ABT in two decades

Another extraordinary African American has joined Misty Copeland in the roster of American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancers.

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Kevin Jeff’s Deeply Rooted performs South African Tshabalala’s Indumba on JoyceStream

Dance in the time of COVID is being creative and using the internet to present a dizzying proliferation of performances, workshops and panel discussions.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrates Arthur Mitchell’s legacy

Any other time, a celebration of the legacy of the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s visionary founder Arthur Mitchell, on the second anniversary of his passing, would have been a star-studded live event

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‘Black Hearts Are Burning’ discusses systemic racism in dance

The far-reaching impact of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police which sparked protestors around the globe and the resounding rallying cry that Black Lives Matter were echoed in spirit Sunday.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem announces online platform, programs

Dance online, which has flourished during the pandemic, just got even more exciting.

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DanceAfrica 2020: The indomitable cultural celebration continues—online

It’s time, and DanceAfrica will not disappoint. On Monday, May 18, it launched a digital series of public programs celebrating the nation’s largest African dance festival and the community that created it and the one that supports it.

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Legendary choreographer, dancer, director Louis Johnson passes

Louis Johnson, the legendary choreographer, dancer, director who did it all—ballet, modern, jazz, Broadway, opera and film—even as he generously taught and mentored countless young, gifted and aspiring talents, passed away March 31, at the age of 90.

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Ailey All Access offers performances, classes to fight COVID-19 blues

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (AAADT) is just one of a number of dance institutions and artists generously sharing their talents online during this challenging time as they demonstrate that though “these are the times that try men’s (and women’s) souls” art offers solace.

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Budding Black ballerina breaks NYC Ballet’s Nutcracker color barrier

This past holiday season, ballet history was made when New York City Ballet’s annual production of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” featured 11-year-old Charlotte Nebres, the first Black ballerina cast as the classic’s lead since it was first produced sixty-five years ago, in 1954.

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