Duke Conference Dances Across The African Diaspora

Feb 5, 2014

Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance
Credit African-American Studies at Duke University / http://aaas.duke.edu


For centuries, countless dances were born out of the disbursement of African people.  Dancing The African Diaspora, a new conference at Duke University, explores dances by people of African descent.

Conference organizer Thomas DeFrantz is a professor of dance and African-American studies at Duke University; and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is the founder and choreographer of the Urban Bush Women, a Brooklyn-based dance company. Host Frank Stasio talks with DeFrantz and Zollar about keeping the dances of the African diaspora alive across the globe.