Soul Dancing! The Essential African American Cultural Dance Book

As a schoolboy in Cleveland, Frank Ross learned the tarantella, hora, csardas, polka, Mexican hat dance and other cultural dances. He wondered when he was going to learn about African-American dance.

He never did in school, which led him to devote his life to the subject. The retired Cleveland teacher spent 25 years doing research before writing “Soul Dancing! The Essential African American Cultural Dance Book,” a how-to compendium, with accompanying music CD, published recently by the National Dance Association. Read the complete article here.

ADAD Conference Highlights

Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD)

Re:Generations from Messrs. on Vimeo.

The Black Dancing Body as a Measure of Culture:

Lecture at Dickinson College October 2009

Photography by Pierce Bounds.

Video and Photos from Residency at University of California at Irvine


BDG and Prof. Donald McKayle, UCI Prof. and legendary choreographer/teacher, UC Irvine, Oct., '09

BDG leading graduate writing seminar, UC Irvine, October 2009

Prof. Sheron Wray (UCIrvine), BDG, and Prof. Marta Savigliano (Chair, Dance Dept., UC Riverside), at reception following BDG's lecture at UCR, October '09

BDG and Jennifer Fisher, UCI Prof. and author, Oct. '09

BDG and Yvonne Rainer, UC Irvine Prof. and legendary shaker and mover of postmodern dance, at BDG's book signing event, UCI, Oct. '09

BDG with Prof. Jeanne Scheper, Women's Studies, and Prof. Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, African American Studies/Political Science, UC Irvine, Oct. '09

Signing a book for Shawn Hill, Program Coordinator, Early Academic Outreach & Saturday Academy of Law, UC Irvine, October '09

BDG with dance major Ashley Crocket, UC Irvine, October '09


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