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Black Modern Dance

Researching Black Modern Dancers & Companies

Black dancers have transformed the scope of modern and contemporary dance, from Katherine Dunham to Pearl Primus to Alvin Ailey to Lula Washington, and so many more. This Libguide is here to help UCLA dancers, dance majors, and folks eager to research Black modern dancers and dance organizations with grounding their practice and furthering their learning. Here, you'll find suggested readings, resources you can use to access prints and view recorded performances, resources you can use to gain more historical context and understanding of these dancers and organizations' cultural impacts, and more information about Black modern dance organizations across the U.S. But by far the most easily accessible and — FREE — resource is YouTube. Below, you'll find an introductory compilation of YouTube videos spotlighting historic recorded performances, documentaries, and masterclasses. 

Recorded Performances from Black Dancers & Theater Companies on YouTube