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Black Dance Stories announces its July 2020 lineup, featuring stories by and discussions with, well-known dancers and choreographers who use their art to create commentary on the Black experience. Created and conceived by performer, producer, and dance writer Charmaine Warren, the newly launched story sharing and discussion series highlights Black creatives in the dance world. Black Dance Stories streams live via Zoom every Thursday in July at 6 pm.

July 2020 artists include dancers who use their work to raise societal issues, strengthen community through their programming, and use history as a source of inspiration. The lineup includes Jamar Roberts (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre), Tiffany Rea-Fisher (Elisa Monte Dance), Cynthia Oliver (Cynthia Oliver Co. Dance Theatre), Marjani Forté-Saunders (formerly Urban Bush Women), Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris (Rennie Harris Puremovement), J. Bouey (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company), Kyle Marshall (Kyle Marshall Choreography), and Okwui Okpokwasili (Past Hodder Fellow).

Black Dance Stories launched on June 25, 2020, with internationally acclaimed tap dancer and choreographer Ayodele Casel and dancer, choreographer, and founder of Company SBB Stefanie Batten Bland. Each session will be archived on the Black Dance Stories YouTube page.
The series is consistent with the tradition of Black artists finding a way for their voices to be heard during turbulent times. When civil, moral, and social freedoms are challenged and at times stifled, Black artists find ways to use their talents as activism. Black Dance Stories upholds, highlights, and celebrates Black creatives.

Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6 pm EDT
Black Dance Stories with Jamar Roberts and Tiffany Rae-Fisher
Hosted by Charmaine Warren

Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 6 pm EDT
Black Dance Stories with Cynthia Oliver and Marjani Forte Saunders
Hosted by Charmaine Warren

Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6 pm EDT
Black Dance Stories with Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris and J. Bouey
Hosted by Charmaine Warren

Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 6 pm EDT
Black Dance Stories with Kyle Marshall and Okwui Okpokwasili
Hosted by Charmaine Warren