August 20, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

This next dancer led an amazing life. This is a long post, but she is one of the most influential dancers to ever grace the scene.   Katherine Mary Dunham (also known as Kaye Dunn, June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was an … [Read more...]

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Friday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

Charles “Honi” Coles (April 2, 1911 – November 12, 1992) was an American actor and tap dancer. He was best known for his role as Tito Suarez in the film Dirty Dancing. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Coles developed his high-speed rhythm … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

Janet Collins (March 7, 1917 in New Orleans, Louisiana – May 28, 2003 in Fort Worth, Texas) was a ballet dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She performed on Broadway, in films, and appeared frequently on television. She was among the pioneers of … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

Pearl Eileen Primus (November 29, 1919 – October 29, 1994) was an American dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist. Primus played an important role in the presentation of African dance to American audiences. Early in her career, she saw the need to … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

John William Sublett (February 19, 1902 – May 18, 1986), known by his stage name John W. Bubbles, was a vaudeville performer. He performed in the duo "Buck and Bubbles." He is also known as the father of "rhythm tap." … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

This week's open threads will highlight black dancers who changed the landscape of the American dance scene. Austin Dafora Horton (4 August 1890 – 4 March 1965) widely known as Asadata Dafora was a Sierra Leonean multidisciplinary musician. He … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Black Policy Kings and A Queen

GOOD MORNING, P.O.U.!   ELLSWORTH "BUMPY" JOHNSON … [Read more...]