This Black History Month music and dance are wonderful for getting to know and celebrating Black artists this month and always.
Black American Dance
Black Americans have made important contributions in many genres of dance, from lindy hop to ballet. They often developed in casual, social, everyday spaces. Alvin Ailey, a.k.a. Alvin Ailey Jr., was an African-American dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. (Source)
Misty Danielle Copeland is an American ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre, one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States. On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT’s 75-year history. (Source)
Step-dancing is a dance form where the body is used as a percussive instrument.
Black History Month Music: Celebrating Black American Music
There are many forms of music to which Black Americans have deeply contributed. Black Americans have made great contributions in classical music, soul, jazz, the Blues, and more. African American spirituals are particularly important in American religious music. Here are a few playlists to showcase some beautiful gifts to the musical world.
You can also find 10 songs about Martin Luther King, Jr. linked in this post!