Up Close with CC Minton: Jody Watley Hits the Dance Floor at Lincoln Center

By CC Minton
Grammy Award winning artist Jody Watley took front and center stage at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Nights Swing on Thursday, June 25, 2015.  The evening felt like a “Throwback Thursday” of the 80’s featuring disco, funk and the original and distinctive moves of a dance style known as Waacking.

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Katherine Dunham’s Harlem Renaissance 1948 (videos)

hqdefaultIn 1948, Katherine Dunham opened and directed the Katherine Dunham School of Dance and Theatre near Times Square in New York City after her dance company was provided with rent-free studio space for three years by an admirer, Lee Shubert; it had an initial enrollment of 350 students.

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Harlem’s Gene Anthony Ray, 1962-2003

Fame-Tv-Series GeneGene Anthony Ray (May 24, 1962 – November 14, 2003) was an American actor, dancer, and choreographer. He was known for his portrayal of dancer Leroy Johnson in both the 1980 film Fame and the 1982–1987 Fame television series based upon the film. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Columbia Acquires Archives Of DTH’s Arthur Mitchell

16MITCHELL1-master675When Arthur Mitchell was contemplating where his archives should go, he thought about where he grew up and later, with Karel Shook, formed the Dance Theater of Harlem. Continue Reading →

Passion at Play for Ailey’s Mother’s Day Program

BadBloodBy Dontre Conerly

If you’ve waited to the eleventh hour and still haven’t gotten your significant other the perfect Mother’s Day gift, you may want to ditch those last-minute bodega flowers and leave that corny heart-shaped Whitman Sampler at the pharmacy. Continue Reading →

The Harlem Style Of Norton And Margot 1933 – 1947

tumblr_nkey1zNqqu1rb3osco2_500From 1933 until 1947 Margot Webb and Harold Norton performed on the Afro-American vaudeville circuits of night clubs and theatres in Harlem, around the Northeast and the Midwest. Continue Reading →

Streams of Consciousness: A Movement Narrative At The Schomburg In Harlem

9cdd8ec9-c930-49a5-a6a4-e663a08dc359This program, co presented by CCCADI and The Schomburg Center for Research,  is a dance anthology exploring the cultural and ecological importance of water and probing the spiritual mandate, in the nature based esoteric traditions of the African Diaspora, to preserve this and other natural resources. Continue Reading →

The Spirit Moves: Harlem Swings At Maysles Cinema In Harlem

p02k6mm6The Spirit Moves: Harlem Swings is a three part series looking at NYC popular dance in non-fiction film curated by Sophie Windsor Clive. Continue Reading →