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Happy Black History Month!

Javon Jones and Tamisha Guy in “Studies on a Farewell.” - from the NYTimes

2021 is already moving quickly; February has arrived! As many already know, February is Black History Month, and Dogtown wants to honor and celebrate the invaluable contributions that Black artists have made to the field of dance. Below I have compiled a list of performances, companies, and resources that highlight the expansive and historical impacts Black artists have had on modern dance and performance.

Articles, Performances, Media:

Jacob's Pillow Interactive Performance Archive Playlist

15 Black Dancers who Changed American Dance

10 Contemporary Black Choreographers You Should Know

Black Owned Dance Companies and Choreographers:

Elisa Monte Dance

Rennie Harris PureMovement

Water Street Dance Milwaukee

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

Dallas Black Dance Theatre


Urban Bush Women

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


Camille Brown

Gesel Mason

Book List:

Digging the Africanist Presence in Performance, Dance, and Other Contexts

Katherine Dunham: Dancing A Life

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey

Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance

Urban Bush Women: Twenty Years of African American Dance Theater, Community Engagement and Working it Out

Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Theory, Research and Practice

Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics

IABD's Comprehensive List of Books

Local Community and Advocacy Resources:


Southerners on New Ground

The Dance Union Podcast

This list is by no means comprehensive and is informed by my own background as a specifically modern-contemporary dancer; please leave comments with your suggestions and resources as well! Happy Black History Month to all :).

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