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Dance/Classes – Dance Africa – Adult Master Class 5/29 12pm – 1:30pm *bklyn *MMDG #BAM #DanceAfrica

MMDG Master Class Series

DanceAfrica 2017: Adult Master Class

M’Bemba Bangoura of Wula Dance and Drum Ensemble will lead this immersive workshop for participants to master Guinean styles of dance and music.
For intermediate to advanced levels. Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended

Co-presented by BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group

In conjunction with DanceAfrica 2017

All ages and levels can join the DanceAfrica Family Workshop on May 29 from 10-11:15am. Learn more >

May 29
12:00PM – 1:30PM
M’Bemba Bangoura has traveled the world as a performer and teacher of the Djembe drum, and he is revered for his high level of mastery. As a native of Guinea, West Africa, M’Bemba began playing the djembe at the young age of seven. By the age of twenty-one, he was acclaimed as a master drummer and was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the national company of Guinea. Since moving to the US in 1992, M’Bemba is an integral part of the entire drum and dance scene nationwide. He has taught hundreds of students, many of who are now teachers themselves. In addition, he has personally created choreography and developed repertoire for dozens of dance companies worldwide.
Working throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, his style is infectious. He has recorded 3 solo albums, and a 2 volumes of DVDS called Wamato: Everybody Look! M’bemba has been a guest artist on dozens of other recording projects, videos, and films. Dedicated to teaching drumming, dancing, and his culture, M’Bemba is one of the prominent ambassadors for Guinean drum and dance!

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Brooklyn, NY 11217-1415

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The mission of the Mark Morris Dance Group is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community.

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DANCE – News – Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet

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The June 2015 Dance USA conference in Miami was serendipitous for many reasons. It was there I announced MoBBallet and met Bahia Ramos of the Knight Foundation, who on that very day decided to fund us. I met International Association of Blacks in Dance and Dance USA’s executive directors Denise Saunders Thompson and Amy Fitterer (in person). Later we went on to organize the first audition for female ballet dancers of color that took place that January. It was after my breakout session that I had the great fortunate to meet Ellen Walker, the Executive Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet.

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Beyond Ballet; A Town Hall (video)
Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) hosts Beyond Ballet, a conversation which investigates aesthetics, diversity, equity, and the efforts to redesign arts institutions. This forum is an open study group for organizations participating in the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Racial Equity Learning Cohorts, part of the , the City’s commitment to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity in Seattle. Panelists include Peter Boal, Artistic Director of PNB; Donald Byrd, Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater; Erica Edwards,  former Joffrey Ballet dancer, Director of Community Engagement at The Joffrey Ballet; Kiyon Gaines, former PNB soloist and PNB School faculty member; and Andrea Long-Naidu, Former principal dancer with at Dance Theatre of Harlem and CityDance Conservatory ballet instructor . The event is moderated by Theresa Ruth Howard, founder and curator of MOBB.
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Giving “Hiplet” Serious Side Eye
Hiplet is sweeping the nation. Between TedX, Refinery29, Desigual campaigns, Anna Wintour’s #madeforher fundraiser and the plethora of morning show spots, the hybrid dance craze—known for its sassy runway-style walks on pointe and crab-like bent-knee jazzy chassés—has gone viral.
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Michalea DePrince is now the face of Jockey.
Dutch National Ballet’s newest soloist Michalea DePrince is now the face of Jockey. In this inspirational and uplifting new spot, DePrince not only shares her origin story but illustrates just how to turn a “flaw” into a signature. There are so many things that are refreshing about this ad, starting with the way it is shot. It is not sleek and glossy rather like most spokesmodel ads, it is natural in lighting and feel. Michaela is not overly styled, she is not a glossy, buffed and shined, photoshopped version of herself rather she looks like… her and she is beautiful. 
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A Continuing Inspiration…

Ms. Johnson was to Ballet what Maria Callas was to Opera..she was not only a wonderful dancer but an incredible actress. Her performance in the mad scene in Giselle,  her Blanche in Streetcar Named Desire and Lizzie Borden were electrifying! Here is a small taste *the final clip she dances with Lowell Smith

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At Random: 303 Stories and Counting.
Sandra Organ was Houston Ballet’s first African American ballerina, dancing there for 15 years (1982-97) and as a soloist under Ben Stevenson and Rehearsal Director for Christopher Bruce. She then founded her own contemporary ballet ensemble, Earthen Vessels, The Sandra Organ Dance Company (EVSODC) for which she created over 100 ballets and employed more than 120 dancers over sixteen seasons of programming in theatres and sacred spaces.
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Made Possible by The Knight Foundation
MoBBallet is made possible by…
A national foundation with strong local roots, the Knight Foundation invests in journalism, the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.
Only As Strong As Our Stories…

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Museums/Exhibitions/Events –Events at the Schomburg Museum *NYC

Always Highly Recommended.


Annual Commemoration of the Birth of el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X)
Friday, May 19 at 6:00 PM

Our annual commemoration of the birth of el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X) will explore his legacy as it directly reflects Black America today. Join us as we celebrate his life through spoken word, a live dance performance, and messages of admiration from the community. Enjoy a pop-up display showcasing some of the work of Malcolm X, archived at the Schomburg Center.

@SchomburgCenter #MalcolmXBirthday

Free! Register 

Black Power 50 Multimedia Harlem Walking Tour
Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 AM

Showcasing Harlem sites associated with the Black Power and Civil Rights movements beginning in the 1960s through present day, this tour is an educational and entertaining field experience to complement our Black Power! exhibition, which explores the Black Power movement.


(Pictured: “UNIA Parade, organized in Harlem, 1920,” Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture)

Please be advised that registration for this program is closed and we are no longer accepting RSVPs. You are welcome to join the waitlist for this program by visiting our eventbrite page.  ​

Between The Lines: “The Wide Circumference of Love” by Marita Golden
Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 PM

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are proud to present a compelling conversation between critically acclaimed author Marita Golden and Benilde Little about Alzheimer’s Disease, family, and Golden’s new book The Wide Circumference of Love.

In The Wide Circumference of Love, Golden explores the unsettling effects of Alzheimer’s disease on an African-American family caring for their ailing patriarch while navigating an uncertain future. Little is a former Senior Editor of Essence and author of the “momoir,” Welcome to My Breakdown).

A book signing will follow.

Watch on livestream.

@SchomburgCenter #WideCircumferenceofLove

Free! Register

Education at the Schomburg
15th Annual Junior Scholars Youth Summit: The Black Psyche
Saturday, May 13 at 10:00 AM

Join the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program as we celebrate 15 years of historical literacy, creativity, and activism at our annual youth summit entitled, The Black Psyche. This multimedia event reflects our yearlong study of black history and culture. The daylong program is filled with youth-led projects in theater, spoken word, video production, media, visual arts, photography, and comic book art.

@SchomburgCenter #JSPYouthSummit

Free! Register 

Power in Print
On view beginning May 18 in the Latimer/Edison Gallery

Power in Print explores the art of the Black Power movement poster, showcasing a variety of aesthetics, styles, and messaging strategies. This collection-based exhibition pulls together dozens of posters from the Schomburg Center’s Art and Artifacts Division. The display also includes a selection of iconic imagery by artist, designer, and former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas. Both at the time and in our historical memory, Douglas’s designs came to visually communicate the ideals of Black Power and the political stances of the Black Panther Party.

For more information, visit our website.


Black Power!
Currently on view in the Main Exhibition Hall

In the first of two onsite Black Power 50 exhibitions celebrating 50 years of the Black Power movement, Black Power! examines the concept introduced by Stokely Carmichael and fellow Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) worker Willie Ricks in June 1966.

A visual history told through 115 images including photographs and posters, 55 documents and material culture including correspondence, flyers, newsletters, buttons, and other archival material, and documentary video featuring footage from the era, clips from Blaxploitation films, and music, Black Power! explores the multiform and ideologically diverse movement that shaped black consciousness and identity and left an immense legacy that continues to inform the contemporary American landscape.

For more information, visit our website.


Revisiting Rebellion: Nat Turner in the American Imagination
[Digital Exhibition]

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery and the American Antiquarian Society have partnered to create a digital exhibition on Nat Turner. Using print and manuscript collections at the the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the American Antiquarian Society, this exhibition explores portrayals of Turner in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

To view the exhibition, click here.

News and Notes
Listen Up! New Podcasts from the Lapidus Center

The intertwined histories of African and Native American slaveries in New England and the wider Atlantic; the lives of Afro-Iberians sailors, soldiers, travelers, and traders in the Spanish Empire; “Post-emancipation Barbadian Emigrants in Pursuit of Freedom, Citizenship, and Nationhood in Liberia, 1834-1912;” Literary treatments of law, judgment, representation, and slavery in British and American fiction of the 18th and early 19th centuries; The relationship between Native Americans and the American antislavery movement from the 1820s through the 1850s; How the slave trade is taught in school; The importance of cities in the history of slavery; and the writing of biographies, and MORE!

Visit our website to listen to the entire series featuring exclusive interviews with our visiting scholars of the Schomburg Center’s Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery as they share their knowledge and passions.

Presenting…The Black Power Resource Guide

Amanda Belantara, Schomburg Center Pre-Professional in the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, writes about our new Black Power Resource Guide, an essential guide inspired by our Black Power! exhibition and culled from library resources that commemorate the Black Power movement.

Visit our website to read the entire post.

New Federal Theatre: A Brief History

Partially inspired by the Schomburg Center’s collections, the New York Public Library’s latest blog post highlights the New Federal Theatre Theatre, an iconic performance space for many widely recognized African-American actors, directors, and playwrights.

Read the entire post here.

Schomburg Center programs and exhibitions are supported in part by the City of New York; the State of New York; the New York City Council Black, Latino and Asian Caucus; the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus; the Rockefeller Foundation Endowment for the Performing Arts; and the Annie E. and Sarah L. Delany Charitable Trusts.

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Dance — STEPS BEYOND FOUNDATION -5/20 Performance Lab Series Selects Eight Dance Makers to Present Works in Progress *NYC



Performance Lab Series Selects Eight Dance Makers to Present

Works in Progress

The Steps Beyond Foundation, Steps on Broadway’s non-profit arm that connects artists and community through dialogue, performance, and artistic collaboration, announces Choreography in Uncertain Times, the follow-up to last month’s panel discussion, Art in Uncertain Times. Taking place on May 20 at 8:00 p.m., the foundation has curated a program of aspiring choreographers reacting to the current political climate, the precarious position of the arts, and the impactthis has on the dance community both in New York and at large.


Selecting from a large pool of applicants, the Performance Lab offers choreographers and emerging dance makers an opportunity to present completed works, works in progress, or experimental concepts in a highly-curated studio theater setting.


“Because we are a tight knit community that thrives on building each other up, this particular lab is a wonderful opportunity to open up a conversation that impacts and changes all of us,” explains Diane Grumet, Artistic Director of the Steps Beyond Foundation. “This lab in particular, allows us to advocate for and nurture the ways in which our peers are responding to the current climate and the palpable threats made to our community. Perhaps with discussion will come a solution.”


A diverse panel of industry professionals selected choreographers Angel Kaba, Chris MakensKat NastiKatharine Pettit,Keli Gunn, Sidra Bell and Talia Putrino. Additionally, Davis Robertson will be premiering a piece on the dancers of the Steps Conservatory. The evening will include contemporary, hip hop, theater dance and jazz with each choreographer presenting up to an eight minute piece.


A brief Q&A completes the showcase, giving choreographers and audience members the opportunity to gain insight and join the discussion. A light reception follows.



The Arts in Uncertain Times Performance Lab will be held on May 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in the Steps Studio Theater on the third floor.


Steps on Broadway is located at 2121 Broadway at 74th Street and is accessible by the 1,2, and 3 trains.


All tickets are $15, and on sale at





Launched in 2015 and directed by Diane Grumet, The Steps Beyond Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and sustaining dance artistry and cultivating supporters of the dance community. The Foundation offers collaborative opportunities among established and emerging artists through community engagement, dance scholarships, performances and special events.

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