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alvin ailey, alvin ailey american dance theater, angela bassett, black culture, black dance, cicely tyson, culture, dance, everybody dance -

How do you celebrate six decades of groundbreaking dance? If you’re the legendary Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, you stage a yearlong anniversary celebration titled “Ailey Ascending,” with a star-studded gala and new ballet as its centerpiece.

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Cheerleading, Dance, HBCU Homecoming, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Women's Sports -

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — It’s 7 o’clock on a muggy August morning. The air is still. You can see rolling hills, historic buildings, newly erected amenities and acres of landscaped spaces. At the largest historically black college or university (HBCU) in the nation, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, all points intersect at the […]

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atlanta, atlanta gay scene, black choreographer, black dance, black dancers, bucking, choreography, dance, jamal sims, michael jackson, remember the times, rupaul, step up, usher -

Imagine it’s the early 1990s and you spot an audition in the newspaper to be a dancer in Michael Jackson’s iconic “Remember the Time” video. So, at a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 17-years-old, you show up to the audition and nail it. You get the gig. There’s nowhere to go but up from there, right? Wrong! Well, wrong-ish.

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Alcorn State Braves, Culture, Dance, HBCU Bands, Memes, Music -

Have you seen the video image of the Golden Girls of Alcorn State University dance troupe layered over the Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams”? If not, the “color guard” meme, as it’s called, is not hard to find. The clip of the historically black college/university (HBCU) girls squad prancing into the stadium before their school’s opening […]

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Carmen de Lavallade, Civil Rights Movement, Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martin Luther King Jr., Xernona Clayton -

Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, 50 years ago reverberated through society, bursting through in riots across the nation but also in less obvious decisions. It was King’s death on April 4, 1968, for instance, that prompted Arthur Mitchell to found the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Mitchell was on his way to Brazil […]

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Angela Bassett, Ballet, Dada Masilo, Dance -

It’s the most recognizable scene from Waiting to Exhale: Angela Bassett, playing the wronged first wife Bernadine, decides to get herself some good old-fashioned revenge. Upon learning that her husband is leaving her for his white assistant, Bernadine, clad in a white dressing gown and black negligee, gathers her husband’s collection of expensive executive wear […]

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Alvin Ailey, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance, Entertainment, Featured, The Arts -

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is legend for their groundbreaking history, innovative choreography and iconic performances around the world. But apparently all is not well at the storied dance company. The dancers are currently renegotiating a three-year-contract with the management team for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and demanding that their wage and […]

The post Alvin Ailey dancers launch boycott saying they are paid less than white dancers appeared first on theGrio.

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Alvin Ailey, Arts, Camille A. Brown, Dance -

Alvin Ailey used to say that “dance is for everybody.” Camille A. Brown, the tiny choreographer with big ideas, may be the living embodiment of that legacy. She’s the latest choreographer to marry social dance with concert dance, creating something that’s both sophisticated and familiar, evocative and unmistakably black. You may know Brown’s work from […]

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Commentary, Dance, Keyshawn Johnson, NFL, Protest, Touchdown Celebrations -

This NFL season, the usual game-day messaging of beer and sneaker ads and uplifting videos about community or military service has been augmented by a special kind of cultural telegraph. Sent from white NFL owners and fans to black NFL players, it goes like this: You can Milly Rock, Juju on that Beat or fake […]

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Akeinah Rahmaan, Banana Skirt, Business, dance, Fitness, Health & Wellness -

Music thumps against the walls in a darkened room as dancers sweat out their inhibitions. […]

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Akira Armstrong, Daily Uplift, Dance, Get Lifted, Pretty Big Movement -

Dancer Akira Armstrong catches the beat, then finds the move to accompany the music in the background. It’s something that comes to her naturally. Dancing has always been part of Armstrong’s life, from her first time in West African classes to learning western styles such as tap and ballet. But it wasn’t just her passion […]

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Ballet, Cuba, Dance, Misty Copeland, Misty In Cuba, Photo Gallery -

Cuba — to most of us who weren’t around in the 1950s — is a mystery. There are loose assumptions about old cars, Che Guevara shirts, cigars, and voices that recall Cuban actor Desi Arnaz of I Love Lucy. While there are plenty of those old autos, and a plethora of Che shirts being pushed […]

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Ballet, Black Twitter, Dance, Entertainment, Juju On That Beat, Viral -

The dance challenge #JuJuOnThatBeat has been going viral, but three black ballerinas have taken it to an amazingly graceful, classical, and perfect level. These three ladies take the modern song by Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall and put their own spin on it, and it’s absolutely perfect. Check out the video below! — Missing celebrity backup dancer […]

The post Black ballerinas take on the ‘JuJu On That Beat’ dance challenge appeared first on theGrio.

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Dance, Nicki Minaj, Tricia Miranda -

Halfway through her master class last Thursday at Millennium Dance Complex in Studio City, California, Tricia Miranda paused instruction and brought the attendees into a group huddle. Miranda had something she needed to share. Over a hundred dancers surrounded her on the dark-brown dance floor in utter silence, their attention hyper-focused on one of the […]

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Dance, Dancing Dolls, Television -

Past a McDonald’s, past a check-cashing center, past a textbook rental and across the street from Family Dollar and AutoZone stands the Dollhouse Dance Factory. The West Jackson, Mississippi, studio sits quietly on Ellis Avenue, just off Interstate 20. Bold red letters that spell out D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E bounce off blue skies. The sign is a standout […]

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Dance, Dancing Dolls, Television -

Past a McDonald’s, past a check-cashing center, past a textbook rental and across the street from Family Dollar and AutoZone stands the Dollhouse Dance Factory. The West Jackson, Mississippi, studio sits quietly on Ellis Avenue, just off Interstate 20. Bold red letters that spell out D-O-L-L-H-O-U-S-E bounce off blue skies. The sign is a standout […]

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Ballet, Dance, Get Lifted, Hip-Hop -

When dance instructor Homer Bryant posted his class of ballerinas grooving out in a nontraditional dance session to his Instagram page, he had no idea the video, reposted by Só Bailarinos on Facebook, would garner 8.2 million views in just a few weeks. Bryant, the founder and artistic director at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center […]

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Beyoncé, Countdown, Countdown (Snuggie version), Dance, Entertainment, Queen Bey, snuggie, Ton, Uncategorized, Viral Video, YouTube -

VIDEO - The most recent homage to Beyoncé, grabbing the attention of YouTube viewers is 'Countdown (Snuggie Version)'...

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