Creating Socially Engaged Art: Can Dance Change the World?


Black women have been at the heart of social justice movements and making positive change in their communities the world over and their impact to the international dance ecology is no different.  This publication features the contributions of dance practitioners, who through their own activism and artistry have brought to light untold issues and taboos, codified techniques, developed and raised the profile of dance from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora and engaged with communities in innovative ways.

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From personal reflections to practical solutions, this publication, born in a time of great cultural and political disturbance, is a testament to a community of Black women who transcending time zones and technology came together one day and planted seeds of hope, resilience and growth.


“Archivists, scholars, dancers, choreographer and so much more…  We feed the world in so many ways as we develop dances that are recorded in time through our blood histories.”

Anita Gonzalez


Jeanette Bain-Burnett
Pawlet Brookes
Lizzy Cooper Davis
Anita Gonzalez
Chanon Judson
Wanjiru Kamuyu
Greta Mendez
Marlène Myrtil
Vivine Scarlett
Maya Taylor

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Photographer Melika Dez.  Dancers Michael Jackson Jr, Renaldo Maurice, Kanji Segawa, Chalvar Monteiro, Vernard J Gilmore, Jermaine Terry, Jeroboam Bozeman, Samuel Lee Roberts, Michael F McBride.  Le Louvre Museum, Paris.


Publication Year: 2021
ISBN: (Paperback) 978-1-913862-07-7
ISBN: (EPub) 978-1-913862-15-2