Black Women In Dance: Where Is the Literature?

We’ve heard of them all: Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, Brenda Edwards, Misty Copeland… and, oh, who else…

From the top of my head, these were the only Black female choreo-dancers that I could think of right away, whereas I could list you countless of other dancers/choreographers who don’t come under this category.

Why is this? Is it because they are not written about enough in our current society? Where is the literature?

The writings of Black women in dance have come few and far between, and our publication Black Women in Dance: Stepping Out of the Barriers is to be released next year and will reflect this year’s conference and contribute to the writings on Black women in the dance industry.

What are your thoughts on this matter? Whether it is your own thoughts or something that you have read, drop me a message at to be featured!

To join in the discussion with industry professionals, come to the Stepping Out of the Barriers: Black Women in Dance on May 10th.

Speak soon!