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Dance on the Historically Black College Campus

The Familiar and the Foreign


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

  1. 1.College of Visual and Performing ArtsWinthrop UniversityRock HillUSA

About the authors

Wanda K. W. Ebright is Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Visual & Performing Arts at Winthrop University, USA. Prior to this appointment, she served as Coordinator of the Dance Program and the Visual & Performing Arts major at Johnson C. Smith University, USA, where she taught all levels of classical ballet, pointe, Graham-based modern, and jazz dance. She is Artistic Director of The Wanda Project, a ballet-based contemporary dance company, and her research is focused on the history of dance in historically black colleges and universities.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Dance on the Historically Black College Campus
  • Book Subtitle The Familiar and the Foreign
  • Authors Wanda K. W. Ebright
  • Series Title The Arts in Higher Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title The Arts in Higher Education
  • 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)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-32443-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-32446-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-32444-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 134
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Creativity and Arts Education
    History of Education
    Curriculum Studies
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