We have made significant strides since we were founded and we have provided a variety of great programs that we are incredibly proud of, but we can’t do it alone. Many of the people we are helping have come from underserved communities, and many of them are living below the poverty line. Music, dance and other forms of artistic expression have been a significant source fostering community and personal health and well-being.
As a foundation, we strive to create innovative ways to advance the use of music, dance and other cultural art forms throughout the communities that we serve. One of our main focuses through our programs is figuring out how to give a unique voice to those who have historically been marginalized. The people we have been able to help so far have benefited greatly from our programs and continue to strive.
All art forms are important to us; we believe they are a critical foundation of society. African and African diaspora communities lean on music, dance and art for more, though. It is an essential part of their culture. Preserving and passing on the artforms that they hold dear is what we believe is most important.
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Hot Feet and Social Change
African Dance and Diaspora Communities
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Indelible stories of living African dance within the African diaspora
The popularity and profile of African dance have exploded across the African diaspora in the last fifty years. Hot Feet and Social Change presents traditionalists, neo-traditionalists, and contemporary artists, teachers, and scholars telling some of the thousands of stories lived and learned by people in the field. Concentrating on eight major cities in the United States, the essays challenges myths about African dance while demonstrating its power to awaken identity, self-worth, and community respect. These voices of experience share personal accounts of living African traditions, their first encounters with and ultimate embrace of dance, and what teaching African-based dance has meant to them and their communities. Throughout, the editors alert readers to established and ongoing research, and provide links to critical contributions by African and Caribbean dance experts.
Contributors: Ausettua Amor Amenkum, Abby Carlozzo, Steven Cornelius, Yvonne Daniel, Charles “Chuck” Davis, Esailama G. A. Diouf, Indira Etwaroo, Habib Iddrisu, Julie B. Johnson, C. Kemal Nance, Halifu Osumare, Amaniyea Payne, William Serrano-Franklin, and Kariamu Welsh
“Many of the authors are themselves the sources of both dance traditions created within the last decades and of significant studies about them. This work is unprecedented and, thanks to its insider perspectives, only possible as the editors have constructed it.”–Sheila S. Walker, editor of African Roots, American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas
Publication of this book was supported in part by the University of Illinois Press Fund for Anthropology.