Katherine Dunham on Overcoming 1940’s Racism (Jacob’s Pillow Dance)

The Katherine Dunham Dance Company was the first black modern-dance company in North America. In this video, Dancer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham describes the historical moment in 1944 when her dance company was asked to perform for a segregated audience in a Lexington, Kentucky theatre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_h0PBtv5-c&feature=youtu.be "Katherine Dunham (June 22, 1909 -- May 21, 2006) … Continue reading Katherine Dunham on Overcoming 1940’s Racism (Jacob’s Pillow Dance)

Dancing for Good (A List of Dance Classes that are Giving Back)

Taking an online dance class has many benefits, and sometimes one of the benefits is an opportunity to do good. For the month of June, many artists have pledged to donate their class proceeds for causes that fight racial inequality. Check out this list of fundraising dance classes that are happening this week and throughout … Continue reading Dancing for Good (A List of Dance Classes that are Giving Back)

MoBBallet’s 12 Steps to Ballet’s Cultural Recovery

Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet has created a list of 12 action steps for cultural recovery in ballet, and asks us to "Please read, affirm them by posting and tagging your organizations, leadership friends, colleages, brands who you support or support you... Ask them to post as a commitment to cultural recovery." Memoirs of Blacks … Continue reading MoBBallet’s 12 Steps to Ballet’s Cultural Recovery

#TheShowMustBePaused (A Call to Reflect on Tuesday, June 2)

On Tuesday, June 2 many businesses in the music and dance industries will be taking part in "Blackout Tuesday. "The call is circulating through the music and dance industries to take “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” and to take “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.” … Continue reading #TheShowMustBePaused (A Call to Reflect on Tuesday, June 2)

It’s Shim Sham Time Somewhere! Join the Shim Sham Relay for Frankie Manning’s Birthday

In honor of Frankie Manning’s birthday and #FrankieMonth, The Frankie Manning Foundation is holding a global shim sham relay! No matter where you are in the world on 26 May 2020, 8pm your time is now Shim Sham time! If you want someone to dance with, I will be sharing my Shim Sham Demonstration during … Continue reading It’s Shim Sham Time Somewhere! Join the Shim Sham Relay for Frankie Manning’s Birthday

Old Dogs and New Tricks: Tips for Teaching Dance Classes Online

The digital dance industry is exploding with new teachers and students. Online dance classes can provide students with additional value from that of in-person lessons but teaching and learning dance online also requires some extra considerations. Repeated technical difficulties can discourage students from wanting to learn, and I have already felt this myself while taking … Continue reading Old Dogs and New Tricks: Tips for Teaching Dance Classes Online