The Black Dance Anthology

(First Edition)
Edited by Benita Brown, Ed.D.
©2022, 320 pages

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    The Black Dance Anthology provides students with an engaging and enlightening collection of articles that introduce them to various topics related to Black life and the world of dance.

    The interactive ebook format allows students to read the text of each reading and engage with digital learning activities throughout—including chapter quizzes and an assignment that challenges students to watch provided videos and analyze dance-related performances—all within a single system.

    The text features 19 readings that explore a plethora of topics, including African influence on American dance, the legacies of Black women’s achievements in American dance, issues related to race and racism in artistic communities, the objectification of the Black male dancer physique, and the ways in which social dancing links African Americans to their African past more strongly than any other aspect of their culture. Additional readings explore West African drumming and dance in North America, the world of Black ballet, appropriation, hip-hop dance, traditional American Indian dances, and more.

    Designed to fill a gap in the current literature, The Black Dance Anthology is an ideal interactive resource for courses and programs in dance and the performing arts.

    Publisher Direct Versions — Available through the Cognella Student Store for confirmed adoptions
    $95.95 Interactive Ebook The Interactive Ebook format allows students to read the text of each chapter and engage with learning activities all within a single system.
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    $119.95 Interactive Ebook
    The Interactive Ebook format allows students to read the text of each chapter and engage with learning activities all within a single system.
    $67.97 Inclusive Access Ebook
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    Benita Brown is a professor and coordinator of dance, as well as the director of Virginia State University's Sankofa Dance Theatre. She holds an Ed.D. and a master's degree in dance from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. She also holds a Sloane-C Certification in online/distance education. Brown has experience teaching courses including the history of dance and the Black experience, African and Caribbean dance, dance repertory, rhythmic forms, and yoga and meditation. She has traveled abroad to Morocco, Ghana, the Bahamas, Senegal, Gambia, London, England, and Wales in the United Kingdom to conduct dance, folklore, and culture-related research.

    She is the recipient of several fellowships, including the Future Faculty Fellowship, Dissertation Fellowship, Choreographer's Fellowship, Frederick Douglas Fellowship, University of Puerto Rico Research Fellowship, Research Initiation Grant Fellowship, and the Virginia Historical Society Fellowship. She was also elected by her peers as a Fulbright Scholar.
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