Dance Black America

April 21 – 24, 1983

Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description In a weekend of performances showcasing the richly diverse traditions of African-American dance, all of the heavy hitters showed up: from Alvin Ailey to Chuck Davis to Garth Fagan. The uniqueness of this gathering, however, was in the inclusion of younger dance ensembles like the Rock Steady Crew (the first professional breakdance ensemble) and the Jazzy Jumpers, a group of teenage girls who became one of the highlights of the weekend through their exhibition of acrobatic jump-roping. Dance Black America was the subject of a documentary film of the same title by D.A. Pennebaker.

April 22-23 featured selections from black street and social dances for "Part I (1619-1900)"; "Part II (1900-present)"; "Harlem Rent Party"; and "Fusion"
Identifier 1983s.01321
VenueOpera House;Carey Playhouse (Music Hall, BAM Rose Cinema);Lepercq Space (Ballroom, BAM Cafe)
set designer/decorTim Purcell