Blurring Boundaries: Urban Street Meets Contemporary Dance


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The publication features the voices of leading dance practitioners and researchers reflecting the diversity embodied within these genres.  It gives perspectives on topics such as the key influences of Black practitioners, the integral role of music, social dance, cultural appropriation and hip-hop dance theatre, and how the boundaries have blurred in this ever-evolving scene.


“… if we look at a broader timeline of the Black dance experience and the African Diaspora we can find traces of Hip-Hop dance no doubt reaching from Congo Square the middle passage and beyond.”

– Robert Hylton


Kyle Abraham
Pawlet Brookes
‘Funmi Adewole
Ivan Blackstock
Danilo DJ Walde
Jreena Green and Orson Nava
Robert Hylton
Tia Monique Uzor
Jo Read
Nefeli Tsiouti


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Beautiful Dancers on the Town.  Elise Drew, Kile Hotchkiss, Aisha Mitchell, Tyrell Rolle, Natasha Diamond-Walker.  Photographer Richard Calmes.

Publication Year: 2016
ISBN: (Paperback) 978-0-9926319-2-5
ISBN: (EPub) 978-1-9163965-3-1