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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 New York

Dancing in New York

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(p.78) 3 Dancing in New York
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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/9780813056616.003.0004

This chapter describes the author’s return to the US after almost 3 years in Europe and continues to explore her blackness in the post-Civil Rights era of the early 70s (first in Boston and then in New York). Joining the Rod Rodgers Dance Company (RRDC) in NYC allows the author to become a part of developing concert dance among the major black dance companies who were second tier to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The author explores the vitality of professional NY dance and the experiences that dancing with RRDC provided, such as the Dancemobile in the 5 boroughs, the cultural integration of the Lincoln Center, and the opening of the dance season on Broadway. Additionally, she explores NY’s African dance companies and the growing need to make black dance relevant to black people in these shifting political times.

Keywords:   Black dance in New York, Post-Civil Rights Era, Rod Rodgers Dance Co, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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