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Dancing in BlacknessA Memoir$
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Halifu Osumare

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056616

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056616.001.0001

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Dancing in Europe

Dancing in Europe

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(p.41) 2 Dancing in Europe
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Dancing in Blackness
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Halifu Osumare

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056616.003.0003

This chapter explores the unique positionality of being a black woman in Europe in the late 60s. This social position is further complicated with being a contemporary dancer trying to survive in Spain, France, and the Netherlands and finally Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden. The author forms a Danish modern dance company with another American dancer in Copenhagen and, together, they help create a dance “revolution” for the times. She ends up teaching jazz dance in a major ballet academy in Stockholm, where she is also able to continue her own training with former members of the Katherine Dunham and Martha Graham dance companies. The author also investigates the influence of Dunham’s Technique on the Nordic region of Europe.

Keywords:   Black and female in Europe, European Nordic Region, Jazz Ballet, Katherine Dunham Technique

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