Black Dance Archive: Phase One Completed

Black Dance Archive: Phase One Completed


The Black Dance Archive is a unique and pioneering project that addresses the heritage of dance of the African Diaspora in the UK from 1950 to the present and fulfills an ongoing need for a current, coherent archive of Black dance.

2016 saw the setting up of 25 collections preserving the 50 year heritage of dance of the African Diaspora in the UK. Phase One of the project was completed in March 31st 2016 and State of Emergency are currently planning for the next phase of the project. An exciting 18 month outreach and activity programme with community groups, schools and colleges took place together with a touring exhibition promoting the National Archive for Black Dance to National Dance Houses and other organisations.

In support of further promotion and of widening the reach of the archive, SOE’s Artistic Director Deborah Baddoo (MBE) – in partnership with Dr Jane Carr at the University of Bedfordshire – delivered a paper at the Congress on Dance Research Conference at Pomona University, California. The paper was enthusiastically received and followed by further invitations to speak internationally.

Clearly a national archive for Black dance is an important initiative and we look forward to developing future links and partnerships. Partners in the archive are: The Black Cultural Archive, National Resource Centre for Dance at the University of Surrey, Birmingham Museums and Records, Leeds University Library, the V&A and Trinity Laban.


Photo (from the Black Dance Archive): Carl Campbell’s Dance Company 7.


December 19th, 2016

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