by Camille A. Brown
Artistic Director, Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Why do we dance? African-American social dances started as a way for enslaved Africans to keep cultural traditions alive and retain a sense of inner freedom. They remain an affirmation of identity and independence.
I continue to be amazed (and humbled) by the impact that my TED- Ed video lesson on, “The History Of African-American Social Dance“ has had over the past few months! We recently hit a major milestone, with over 10 million video views on Facebook, in less than 3 months! Incredible!
This just reaffirms that social dance is something people from all over the world can relate to, and that movement is a universal language that brings people together.
So, you may be wondering, how can YOU join us in making even more of a positive impact in our local and global communities, in the year 2017? Donate to our#SocialDanceForSocialChange Ambassador individual giving campaign, and help us reach our $15,000 goal by, December 31st, 2016!
Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer, making a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern black female perspective.
The artistic director of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Brown is a four-time Princess Grace Award winner, 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, 2015 USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, 2015 TED Fellow and 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient. Her company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, received a 2014 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for the work Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012) and recently received a 2016 Bessie Nomination for Outstanding Production of her work, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (2015).
Brown’s work has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco!, Complexions and Urban Bush Women, among others. Her theater credits as Choreographer include Broadway’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Fortress of Solitude(Lucille Lortel Nomination), Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Cabin in the Sky for New York City Center Encores!, Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM! starring Lin Manuel Miranda, and BELLA: An American Tall Tale, among others.
Brown is the founder of two initiatives, The Gathering and BLACK GIRL SPECTRUM (BGS). As a teacher, she seeks to amplify cultural and creative empowerment through dance, dialogue, and popular education tools.