Archive: The History of Black Dance in America (2015)

The History of Black Dance in America
Juneteenth 2015!
A show 10 years in the making.  An event 150 years in the making.
June 19, 20 and 21 2015
University Theater
California State University at Dominquez Hills
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See a review of the show here: http://artsmeme.com/2015/06/25/review-the-history-of-black-dance-in-america/


 

What is “The History of Black Dance in America”?
HBDA is a multi-media dance concert that showcases the contributions of African-Americans to popular American social dance from slavery to the modern era.  It has been presented every year since 2011, and in 2015 was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Audiences are mesmerized by authentic renditions of dances such as Zulu, Work Songs, Cakewalk, Spiritual Dances, Shim Sham, Lindy Hop, Foxtrot, the African inspired Latin-American dances, and more. It is a family-friendly show that hopes to entertain as well as teach some little known history that every American should know. The 2015 performance also observes the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

 
 

What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19ththat the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.  One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:

 
"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer."
 

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Typesort descending Title Post date Updated/commented date
Event Chester Whitmore and the Central Ave Dance Ensemble perform at Barbara Morrison's Juneteenth Show Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 1:48pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:24pm
Event Chester Whitmore "Lord of the Swing" Teaches Weekly Swing Class in February Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:25am Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:29am
Event A Night at Club Alabam Friday, May 14, 2021 - 3:19pm Friday, June 18, 2021 - 2:03pm
Event Show 02 Tickets: The History of Black Dance in America - Friday, February 24, 2012 Friday, December 9, 2011 - 1:40pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Event Milonga El Gringo at By Your Side Dance Studio in Culver City Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 8:02pm Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 8:02pm
Event Chester Whitmore "Lord of the Swing" Teaches Weekly Swing Class Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 5:05pm Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 5:05pm
Event Tap Basics | Chester's 8 wk SERIES! Monday, March 8, 2021 - 1:09pm Monday, March 8, 2021 - 1:09pm
Event The Joint is Jumping Weekend Dance Workshop Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 1:16pm Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Event Chester Whitmore and CentralAveDance at 4th Annual Los Angeles/Leimert Park Theater Festival Friday, August 11, 2017 - 7:38pm Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 12:17pm
Event Central Ave Dance Ensemble performs at Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club in LA Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 2:02pm Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:18pm

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