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Dancing the Black Question: The Phoenix Dance Company Phenomenon

By: Christy Adair


Katherine Dunham: Dancing A Life

By: Joyce Aschenbrenner


Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey

By: A. Peter Bailey


Performing Blackness: Enactments of African-American Modernism

By: Kimberly W. Benston


Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance

By: Thomas DeFrantz


Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American Culture

By: Thomas DeFrantz


The Spirit Moves – African-American Dance History – Savoy Style (video)

By: Mura Dehn


Marion D. Cuyjet and her Judimar School of Dance. Training Ballerinas in Black Philadelphia 1948-1971

By: Melanye White Dixon


Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance

By:  Jennifer Dunning

Island Possessed

By: Katherine Dunham


Journey to Accompong

By: Katherine Dunham


A Touch of Innocence: Memoirs of Childhood

By: Katherine Dunham


Kaiso!: Writings By and About Katherine Dunham

By: Katherine Dunham, Veve A. Clark


African-American Performance and Theater History: A Critical Reader

By: Harry Justin Elam, David Krasner


Urban Bush Women: Twenty Years of African American Dance Theater, Community Engagement and Working it Out

By: Nadine George-Grave


The Royalty of Negro Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters and the Negotiation of Race, Gender, Class in African American Theatre: 1900-1940

By: Nadine George-Graves


No Surrender! No Retreat!: African American Pioneer Performers of Twentieth American Theatre

By: Glenda Eloise Gill


The Black Dancing Body: A Geography from Coon to Cool

By: Brenda Dixon Gottschild


Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era

By: Brenda Dixon Gottschild


Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts

By: Brenda Dixon Gottschild


Jookin’: The Rise of Social Dance Formations in African-American Culture

By: Katrina Hazzard-Gordon


No Longer an Oral Tradition: My Journey Through Dance/Percussion Notation

By: Ethnomusicologist Doris Green

Published by: Eloquent Books, Durham, CT


A Broke Dancer's Guide to Success

By: Kayla Harley

This book outlines the importance of financial wellness, professional etiquette, the use of practical tools and budgeting, planning and self-management. Foreword by Princess Grace, Bessie Award Winning Choreographer, Camille A. Brown and other Exceptional Professionals


The Traveling Dancer

By: Kayla Harley

In this book, we discuss tips and tricks for a dancer to stay healthy, punctual and prepared throughout their travels. Everything from minimalism, packing tips, to saving money, keys to self-management, and creative gestures for a stress free journey.


A History of African American Theatre

By: Errol Hill, James Vernon Hatch


Brotherhood in Rhythm: The Jazz Tap Dancing of the Nicholas Brothers

By: Constance Valis Hill

Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History

By: Constance Valis Hill


Dancing Spirit: An Autobiography

By: Judith Jamison, Howard Kaplan


Resistance, Parody and Double Consciousness in African American Theatre, 1895-1910

By: David Krasner


Night’s Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins

By: Yael Tamar Lewin


Dance in Hispanic Cultures; Vol. 3

By: Daniel Lewis; Harwood Academic Publishers 1994


The Black Tradition in American Dance

By: Richard A. Long, Joe Nash


Steppin’ on the Blues: The Visible Rhythms of African American Dance

By Jacqui Malone


Stomping the Blues

By: Albert Murray


Fighting For Honor: History of African Martial Arts Traditions in the Atlantic World

By: T.J. Desch Obi

Published by: South Carolina University Press


The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves

 By: Halifu Osumare


Black Choreographers Moving: A National Dialogue

By Halifu Osumare, Julinda Lewis-Ferguson


Dancing in Blackness. A Memoir: The Life and Times of Halifu Osumare

By: Halifu Osumare

Published by: University Press of Florida


African-American Concert Dance: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond

By: John O. Perpener


Cabin in the Sky: A Musical Fantasy

By: Lynn Root

Music by: Vernon Duke

Lyrics by: John Latouche

Production Staged by: George Balanchine

Book Directed by: Albert Lewis

Setting and Costumes designed by: Boris Aaronson


Jazz Dance: The Story of American Vernacular Dance

By: Marshall Winslow Stearns, Jeans Stearns


Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy

By: Robert Farris Thompson


Tango: The Art History of Love

By: Robert Farris Thompson

Dancing Class: Gender, Ethnicity, and Social Divides in American Dance, 1890-1920

By: Linda J. Tomko