African American men and women dancing together.

Exhibit: Blues Dancing and Its African American Roots

“Blues dance” is a new name encompassing a family of social and popular dance practices of everyday people within African American communities in the US. It was and is done to blues music from gospel, to jazz, acoustic Delta blues, electric Chicago Blues and more. Like other branches of African American vernacular dance such as Chicago Steppin’, Hip Hop, and Lindy Hop, the roots of Blues dance evolved out of African and African American dance traditions. Since the 1990s blues dance has become popular in mainstream communities around the world.

Come explore Blues Dance and African American vernacular dance as it evolved and is practiced today in our local community. Included in the exhibit are artworks by contemporary artists, archival photographs, and video interviews with local African American community members and University alumni sharing personal stories of dance and music.

The exhibit kicks off with an opening partyon Friday, March 6, at 6:30 pm.

This exhibit runs March 6 to November 15, 2020.

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Contact

For further information on this event, contact Beth Watkins at (217) 265-5485 or

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or cudiamat@illinois.edu (email link).