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We center the voices of Black dance artists, providing opportunities to self-determine the languages and lenses that define our work. Since 2012, DWB has supported 22 emerging Black artists as Fellows, incubated more than two dozen works and held countless convenings for folx to share, connect and simply be. 


Dancing While Black operates at the intersection of aesthetics and organizing. Central to the work is building partnerships – with presenters, organizers, curators and artists. In our first five years, Dancing While Black established ongoing partnerships with BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center, PURPOSE Productions, Urban Bush Women and Junebug Productions. 

Meet our 2024 Fellows

Abdoul Aziz Derme
Jade Charon Robertson
Aleta Brown
Nyla Adina Murray
Cyan Hunter
Tiffany Merritt-Brown
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Dancing While Black defies, celebrates, calls out, and calls forth that which has come before, that which is happening now, that which is yet to be.


- Amara Tabor-Smith

Image credits: Lacina Coulibaly at the Dancing While Black 10th Anniversary Culmination: HOW WE THRIVE Performance at BAAD!, May 2023 Image by Whitney Browne Photography.

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