The Registry

Sat, 11.29.1919 story

Pearl Primus, Choreographer born

*Pearl Primus was born on this date in 1919. She was a Trinidadian American dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist. Her work helped establish the importance of African American dance in United States culture.

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Tue, 03.13.1500 story

Black History and Dance in America, a story

*This date is dedicated to African American Dance. Africans brought their dances to North and South America, and the Caribbean Islands as slave labor starting in the 1500s. The dance styles of hundreds of African ethnic groups merged with European dances, forming the extension of the African aesthetic in the Americas. Dance has always been an integral part of daily life in Africa. In the Americas, it helped enslaved Africans connect with their homeland keeping their cultural traditions alive.

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Wed, 04.04.1928 story

Maya Angelou, Writer, and Activist born

*Maya Angelou was born on this date in 1928. She was an African American poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director.

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Fri, 11.02.1917 story

Beryl McBeurnie, Dancer, and Instructor born

*Beryl McBurnie was born on this date in 1917. She was a Trinidadian dancer, instructor and administrator.

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Sun, 10.05.1919 story

Joe Nash, Choreographer, and Dance Historian born

*Joe Nash was born on this date in 1919. He was an African American dancer, archivist of African American dance and essayist.

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Sun, 01.31.1960 story

Revelations by Alvin Ailey Debuts

*On this date in 1960, Revelations the best-known work of the modern-dance choreographer Alvin Ailey. It is also the signature work of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which premiered an extended version of the work when Ailey was 29 years old.  Set to spirituals, gospel, and blues music and influenced by the choreographer’s Christian upbringing, it presents a vision of the historically African American experience from a black church perspective. […]

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Thu, 12.01.1938 story

Café Society (New York City), Opens

*On this date in 1938, Café Society opened.   This was a New York City nightclub at Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village.   Managed by Jewish white-American Barney Josephson, it was created to showcase African American talent and to be an American version of the political cabarets he had seen in Europe.  Café Society was one of the first racially integrated nightclubs in the United States; Josephson also intended the club […]

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Mon, 08.04.1890 story

Asadata Dafora, Musician born

*Asadata Dafora was born on this date in 1890.  He was a Black multidisciplinary musician. He was one of the first Africans to introduce African drumming music to the United States.   Austin Dafora Horton was born into the Creole ethnic group in Freetown, British Sierra Leone. The son of John ‘Johnnie’ Warner M. Horton, […]

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Sat, 12.30.1922 story

Percival Borde, Choreographer born

*Percival Borde was born on this date in 1922. He was an Afro Caribbean dancer-choreographer, educator, and scholar. From the Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago, Percival Sebastian Borde was the son of veterinarians George Paul Borde and Augustine Francis Lambie. He was raised in Trinidad and attended school at the Queen Royal College. In his […]

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