Black Women in Dance: Stepping Out of the Barriers


From early trailblazers to contemporary ground breakers, 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.

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The contributors reflect upon the obstacles they have had to overcome as Black women, 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.


“Another way I describe the aesthetic of the Choreographic Centre is “running towards the fire while you’re on fire”.  That was the urgency of the 60s and 70s that we felt, our communities were on fire…” because we were on fire with passion, anger frustration, love, joy and we’re going to acknowledge that and create from that.”

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar


Adesola Akinleye
Deborah Baddoo
Pawlet Brookes
Catherine Dénécy
Pam Johnson
Mercy Nabirye
Hilary S Carty
Maureen Salmon
Jessica Walker
Sharon Watson
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar


Cover Image
Vanessa.  Photographer Chris Nash.


Publication Year: 2016
ISBN: (Paperback) 978-0-9926319-3-2
ISBN: (EPub) 978-1-9163965-4-8