Next Up in thINKingDANCE’s Open Chats About Dance: Dr. Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor of Dance and African and African American Studies at Duke University and President of the Society of Dance History Scholars
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Live Arts Brewery, 919 No. 5th Street, Philadelphia
Free and Open to All
Thomas DeFrantz is Professor of Dance and African and African American Studies at Duke University. His books include the edited volume Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002, Errol Hill Award) and Dancing Revelations Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture (Oxford University Press, 2004, de la Torre Bueno Prize). He is the director of SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology, a research group that explores emerging technology in live performance applications, in residence at Duke University. He performed the "Morton Gould Tap Concerto" with the Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart and the "Duke Ellington Tap Concerto (David Danced)" with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra conducted by Mark Harvey. He organized the dance history program at the Alvin Ailey School in New York for many years, and has taught at NYU, Stanford, Hampshire College, MIT, the University of Nice, and Yale. He convenes the working groups, Choreography and Corporeality, and Black Performance Theory, and is President of the Society of Dance History Scholars.