Three African-American Women Who Revolutionized Modern Dance


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Debbie Allen. Judith Jamison. Llanchie Stevenson.

Marie Bryant. Carmen de Lavallade. Dianne Walker.

The list of notable African-American women who revolutionized dance is seemingly endless. From ballet and modern dance to Lindy hop and hip-hop, African-American women have left indelible marks on the dance community.

They have formed companies, authored books, penned choreographies, taught legends and wowed audiences near and far with breathtaking movement.

They have blended techniques and created technique; studied the masters and became masters.

Their fascination with movement metamorphosed them into trailblazing hyphenates: dancer-choreographer-anthropologist-artistic director-executive director.

The three dancers on this…

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