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Dance Black America Festival

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.

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