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International Afrikan-American Ballet, Brooklyn, NY.

Motion, Spirit, Power:
African-American Influences in the World of Dance

Curated by Mary D. Teasley and Deloris Walker-Moses 
Second and Fourth Floor Galleries
February 1 - March 24, 2001

 
An exhibition of text, literature, photos, other graphics and 
objects reflects the spirit and power of African-American dance. Motion, Spirit, Power:  African-American Influences in the World of Dance features large posters of some of the most important dancers, choreographers, dance types and styles decorating the gallery walls
Leopardtale. Ballethnic Dance Co., Atlanta, GA. Photo by Wendy Phillips.
 
Arthur Hall (1934-2000), founder of the Afro-American Dance Ensemble.
There are also twelve cases of historical and contemporary information on the contributions and influence of African-American dance in the Americas, Caribbean and the world. The exhibition examines black dancing from its cultural initiation in the 17th century by African slaves on the plantation to its expansion, influence and sweeping appeal in the world of dance today. 

Philadanco, Philadelphia, PA.  Photo courtesy Mansa K. Mussa Collection.

 
Umoja Dance Co., Montclair, NJ. Photo courtesy Mansa K. Mussa Collection.
Black dance can be viewed in various styles included in daily rituals, religious ceremonies, social celebrations, and above all as a recreational outlet and great form of entertainment. 
The exhibition focuses on such styles as African, traditional, ballet, modern/contemporary styles, as illustrated in the Cake walk, Juba,  Jookin', Huckabuck, and twisting. It also highlights such performers and choreographers such as Josephine Baker, Bill T. Jones, Arthur Hall, Katherine Dunham, Alvin Ailey, Cholly Atkins and Philadanco, and such local dancers as Sankofa, Gallman's Dance Theatre and Savion Glover.
Rennie Harris Puremovement, Philadelphia, PA. Photo by Bob Emmott.
 
Fred Benjamin Dance Co., New York City.  Photo courtesy Mansa K. Mussa Collection.

For more information, please contact M. Teasley at (973) 733-7735 or the African-American Room at 733-5411.

 

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