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The Best of The History of Black Dance in America

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A retrospective of 10 years of HBDA performances hosted by internationally renown tap dancer and dance historian, Chester Whitmore.

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The History of Black Dance in America (HBDA) is a multimedia dance show which explores the 200 year history of African-American Vernacular Jazz Dance in America. The show was performed by the Central Avenue Dance Ensemble (named after the historic African-American section of Los Angeles) live on-stage from 2011 until 2020. Many of these shows were videotaped with camcorders in the theaters, sometimes by paid staff, sometimes by random members of the audience.

The Best of HBDA is a retrospective of selections from these recordings -- the most popular, the most memorable and the sentimental favorites. The show is a unique combination of education and entertainment, the first of it’s kind for this particular subject. This retrospective will be hosted by the renowned tap dancer and dance historian, Chester Whitmore. He will give you a little perspective on the histories of the dances you will see re-created. He will also conduct a short Q&A at the end of the video screenings. He will be joined in this session by HBDA Producer, Director, Writer and Narrator, Ron Parker.

During it's run, HBDA was known for it's vibrant, colorful costumes and vintage, era-specific look and feel. You can see that on display in this video: The History of Black Dance in America Photo Montage . In late 2020, there was a devastating fire at the facility where all the props, costumes, etc were stored and everything was destroyed. This event is also part of a fund raising effort to replace many of those costumes and props for future shows.

Join us for this family-friendly trip down memory lane, the histories of this historic, groundbreaking show as well as that of American Black Dance History -- that is, the dances popularly danced by Americans over the past 200 years that were created or influenced by African slaves and their descendants.

As a longtime supporter who worked on the very first shows back in 2011-2012 says: “Yeah, those shows were pretty big projects and the best kind of stuff to share ... uplifting stories that frame history in ways that build strength and community. I was glad to be a part of it.”

And we are glad we have the videos, despite some of them not being of the highest quality, to share with you.

Past reviews of the show: http://www.centralavedance.com/node/6060

The History of The History of Black Dance in America

Note that this is an on-demand event and your ticket purchase allows you to view the recording for up to 3 days after the initial live streaming.

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