Black Women in Dance: Stepping Out of the Barriers


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From early trailblazers to contemporary ground breakers, Black Women in Dance: Stepping Out of the Barriers, is an exciting publication celebrating and exploring the impact that Black women have made on the international dance ecology. This publication explores topics from the need for institutions and infrastructure to support work from African and African Caribbean artists, and the key role of women within these organisations, to artists’ journeys taken to develop new aesthetics and an individual choreographic voice. The contributors also reflect upon the obstacles they have had to overcome as they have progressed in their careers and some of the challenges they still have to face. Moreover, Black Women in Dance is a celebration of the tenacity, strength and creativity of the authors, their peers and their predecessors.

Preface – Pawlet Brookes

Tipping The Balance of Power in the Dance World and Beyond – Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

The Contribution of Women in Supporting the Dance of the African Diaspora in Britain – Mercy Nabirye

Reflection, Revolution and Resolution: Black Dance in the UK 2000 to 2016 – Deborah Baddoo

The Talent is There, The Opportunities Are Not – Hilary S. Carty

The Dance of Leadership – Maureen Salmon

Infrastructure – Pam Johnson

Seven Stages of Creating – Catherine Dénécy

Narrating Spaces – Adesola Akinleye

The Grey Area – Jessica Walker

My Duality, My Strength – Sharon Watson

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