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Black Moves: New Research in Black Dance Studies

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016

"Black Moves: New Research in Black Dance Studies" engages a wide range of research topics and methodologies to confirm a vital discourse surrounding black lives and processes of dance production.  Edited by Thomas F. DeFrantz and Ph.D. Candidate Tara Aisha Willis, this special issue of The Black Scholar re-centers dance as an activity that confirms presence, expands cultural horizons, and restores community.  Subjects explored in the issue include second line dance in New Orleans and the trope of the “natural”; pedagogies of African-derived dance in higher education; experimental performance in New York and the implications of Blackness that surround its production.  Also approached in this issue are spirituals as embodied acts of resistance; Katherine Dunham’s contribution to the archival quality of Black dance; the importance of dance as an affirmation of Haitian corporealities; queer stance realized in Black social dances including voguing and bone-breaking. Methodologies represented by the researchers in the volume include ethnography, literary and cultural theory, education studies, anthropology, and media analysis. Of special import to several authors is the construction of archive that confounds and surrounds discourses of Black dance.  The wide range of methods and topics, as well as the diverse cohort of contributing authors, demonstrate an expansive range of excellence in dance studies; a range that will surely inspire further research within and through this urgent area of inquiry.  

Read their conversation here

Read their introduction here

Read Tara's article here