Dance on the Historically Black College Campus

The Familiar and the Foreign

  • Wanda K. W. Ebright

Part of the The Arts in Higher Education book series (AHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Wanda K. W. Ebright
    Pages 1-8
  3. Wanda K. W. Ebright
    Pages 9-16
  4. Wanda K. W. Ebright
    Pages 51-58
  5. Wanda K. W. Ebright
    Pages 59-116
  6. Wanda K. W. Ebright
    Pages 117-129
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 131-134

About this book


“Ebright’s illumination of the historical and artistic contributions of the HBCU campus is a welcomed voice in the survey of twentieth and twenty-first century American Dance. Her work is especially poignant at a time when inclusivity and diversity and its importance in dance scholarship is becoming more prevalent in national discussions. Her analysis further illustrates the value in the fusion of western dance with dances of the African diaspora and gives us a template for progressive dialogue in dance academia.”
Steve Rooks, Professor of Dance, Vassar College, USA

This volume explores the history of dance on the historically black college and university (HBCU) campus, casting a first light on the historical practices and current state of college dance program practice in HBCUs. The author addresses how HBCU dance programs developed their institutional visions and missions in a manner that offers students an experience of American higher education in dance, while honoring how the African diaspora persists in and through these experiences. Chapters illustrate how both Western and African diaspora dances have persisted, integrated through curriculum and practice, and present a model for culturally inclusive histories, traditions, and practices that reflect Western and African diasporas in ongoing dialogue and negotiation on the HBCU campus today. 


Dance Education HBCU choreography minority-serving institution history of education dance appreciation Black College Dance Exchange African Diaspora Dance National Association of Schools of Dance

Authors and affiliations

  • Wanda K. W. Ebright
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Visual and Performing ArtsWinthrop UniversityRock HillUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-32443-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-32444-5
  • Buy this book on publisher's site