History of Black Dance in America

The History of Black Dance in America
Mr. Bojangles
Events:

Tribute to Sam Cooke

Tribute to Michael Jackson

Past Events:
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HBDA Photo Exhibition
(Now running)
 
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HBDA 2016 Show
Black History Month 2016!
A show 10 years in the making.  An event 150 years in the making.
February 20, 2016
Marsee Theater
El Camino College, Torrance, CA

http://www.elcamino.edu/centerforthearts/performances/central-avenue-dance.asp

 

MaDonna Grimes

We honor dancer/choreographer MaDonna Grimes for her contribution to the history of Hip Hop Dance
 
Meet our new 2016 Cast Members
 

Please support our HBDA 2016 Hatch Fund campaign: http://www.hatchfund.org/project/the_history_of_black_dance_in_america_2016


 
 

See a review of the 2015 Juneteenth Celebration show here: http://artsmeme.com/2015/06/25/review-the-history-of-black-dance-in-america/


 

What is “The History of Black Dance in America”?
HBDA is a multi-media dance concert that showcases the contributions of African-Americans to popular American social dance from slavery to the modern era.  It has been presented every year since 2011, and in 2015 was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Audiences are mesmerized by authentic renditions of dances such as Zulu, Work Songs, Cakewalk, Spiritual Dances, Shim Sham, Lindy Hop, Foxtrot, the African inspired Latin-American dances, and more. It is a family-friendly show that hopes to entertain as well as teach some little known history that every American should know. The 2015 performance also observes the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

 
 

What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19ththat the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.  One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:

 
"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer."
 

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Type Title Post datesort ascending Updated/commented date
Video Embed The History of Black Dance in America (long) Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 11:28pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Book page Chester Whitmore Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 9:40pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:21am
Book page Email Reviews of 2011 Show Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 10:17pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed The History of Black Dance in America (short) Friday, August 12, 2011 - 5:01pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed The History of Black Dance in America (long) Friday, August 12, 2011 - 1:19am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Book page Ron Parker (alt) Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 1:12pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:15am
Video Embed Condombe Milonga Performance at "Tango on the Streets", 2011-04-30 Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 1:52pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed KNBC News Report on History of Black Dance in America, 2011-02-12 Monday, March 7, 2011 - 12:26pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed KTLA News Report on the History of Black Dance in America, 2011-02-12 Monday, March 7, 2011 - 12:26pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Video Embed A Brief History of the Black Roots of Argentine Tango Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 8:16am Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm

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