2021 Black Dance USA: A Celebration in Movement | Arts and Education Council of St. Louis

2021 Black Dance USA: A Celebration in Movement

Online
Wherever you are
St. Louis, MO 63112
April 07, 2021 to April 14, 2021

Black Dance – USA… was inspired by our festival director, Deborah D. Ahmed, who attended a dance festival in New York some 37 years ago: Dance Black America held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  “This historically monumental event has to be reproduced in St. Louis, MO,” she said upon her return; and so it was.  Now, 35 years later, we have hired 75+ black dance artists and presented more than 25 black dance companies who have either been St. Louis area residents or call somewhere else in the country or the world - home.  2020 would have been our 35th anniversary, but due to the declaration of the pandemic in March 2020, our April festival was canceled.  Little did we know then that so much of our lives would still be the same in April 2021. 

We are blessed to still be here to celebrate Afrikan and Afrikan Diaspora cultures through dance and music.  We remember all our fellow artists whose lives were lost to COVID-19, pray for those families who remain to remember them and celebrate those who have persevered.  Yes.  We would rather be doing Black Dance – USA… in person, but for the safety of us all, we are going virtual.  Hopefully, next year we will be back to sweating together in class, clapping for the drummers, hugging those whom we haven’t seen in a while, and celebrating the power and joy of Black art and culture.  Let’s all do our part to help get our lives back to a new and better normal.

  • View Map
  • 2021-04-07 00:00:00 2021-04-14 00:00:00 America/Chicago 2021 Black Dance USA: A Celebration in Movement

    Black Dance – USA… was inspired by our festival director, Deborah D. Ahmed, who attended a dance festival in New York some 37 years ago: Dance Black America held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  “This historically monumental event has to be reproduced in St. Louis, MO,” she said upon her return; and so it was.  Now, 35 years later, we have hired 75+ black dance artists and presented more than 25 black dance companies who have either been St. Louis area residents or call somewhere else in the country or the world - home.  2020 would have been our 35th anniversary, but due to the declaration of the pandemic in March 2020, our April festival was canceled.  Little did we know then that so much of our lives would still be the same in April 2021. 

    We are blessed to still be here to celebrate Afrikan and Afrikan Diaspora cultures through dance and music.  We remember all our fellow artists whose lives were lost to COVID-19, pray for those families who remain to remember them and celebrate those who have persevered.  Yes.  We would rather be doing Black Dance – USA… in person, but for the safety of us all, we are going virtual.  Hopefully, next year we will be back to sweating together in class, clapping for the drummers, hugging those whom we haven’t seen in a while, and celebrating the power and joy of Black art and culture.  Let’s all do our part to help get our lives back to a new and better normal.

    Wherever you are St. Louis MO 63112
5415 Page Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112

2021 Black Dance USA: A Celebration in Movement

Online
Wherever you are
St. Louis, MO 63112
April 07, 2021 to April 14, 2021

Black Dance – USA… was inspired by our festival director, Deborah D. Ahmed, who attended a dance festival in New York some 37 years ago: Dance Black America held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  “This historically monumental event has to be reproduced in St. Louis, MO,” she said upon her return; and so it was.  Now, 35 years later, we have hired 75+ black dance artists and presented more than 25 black dance companies who have either been St. Louis area residents or call somewhere else in the country or the world - home.  2020 would have been our 35th anniversary, but due to the declaration of the pandemic in March 2020, our April festival was canceled.  Little did we know then that so much of our lives would still be the same in April 2021. 

We are blessed to still be here to celebrate Afrikan and Afrikan Diaspora cultures through dance and music.  We remember all our fellow artists whose lives were lost to COVID-19, pray for those families who remain to remember them and celebrate those who have persevered.  Yes.  We would rather be doing Black Dance – USA… in person, but for the safety of us all, we are going virtual.  Hopefully, next year we will be back to sweating together in class, clapping for the drummers, hugging those whom we haven’t seen in a while, and celebrating the power and joy of Black art and culture.  Let’s all do our part to help get our lives back to a new and better normal.

  • View Map
  • 2021-04-07 00:00:00 2021-04-14 00:00:00 America/Chicago 2021 Black Dance USA: A Celebration in Movement

    Black Dance – USA… was inspired by our festival director, Deborah D. Ahmed, who attended a dance festival in New York some 37 years ago: Dance Black America held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  “This historically monumental event has to be reproduced in St. Louis, MO,” she said upon her return; and so it was.  Now, 35 years later, we have hired 75+ black dance artists and presented more than 25 black dance companies who have either been St. Louis area residents or call somewhere else in the country or the world - home.  2020 would have been our 35th anniversary, but due to the declaration of the pandemic in March 2020, our April festival was canceled.  Little did we know then that so much of our lives would still be the same in April 2021. 

    We are blessed to still be here to celebrate Afrikan and Afrikan Diaspora cultures through dance and music.  We remember all our fellow artists whose lives were lost to COVID-19, pray for those families who remain to remember them and celebrate those who have persevered.  Yes.  We would rather be doing Black Dance – USA… in person, but for the safety of us all, we are going virtual.  Hopefully, next year we will be back to sweating together in class, clapping for the drummers, hugging those whom we haven’t seen in a while, and celebrating the power and joy of Black art and culture.  Let’s all do our part to help get our lives back to a new and better normal.

    Wherever you are St. Louis MO 63112
5415 Page Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112