On Sunday February 28, 2016, Velocity welcomed some of Seattle’s African-American dance luminaries for a Speakeasy entitled The Color of Dance-History of Black Dance in Seattle. We were able to engage with dance artists currently working in Seattle and heard from Seattle Dance legends on whose shoulders we stand.
The event was hosted by Dani Tirrell, and featured Melba Ayco, Tyrone Crosby (Koach T), Alex Crozier, Jade Solomon Curtis, Edna Daigre, Makeda Ebube, Randy Ford, Maxie Jamal, Afua Kouyate, Kabby Mitchell, Vivian Phillips, Erricka Turner and Markeith Wiley.
This Speakeasy was put on in conjunction with Showing Out: Contemporary Black Choreographers on March 5, 2016. Showing Out was co-presented by CD Forum + Velocity, with curation by Spectrum Dance Theater Artistic Director Donald Byrd and Velocity Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer, featuring work by Alex Crozier, Jade Solomon Curtis, Randy Ford, Maxie Jamal, and Dani Tirrell.
Watch the videos of the Speakeasy below and join the conversation!
Color of Dance Speakeasy: History of Black Dance in Seattle from Velocity Dance Center on Vimeo.
Dani Tirrell asks Melba Ayco, Edna Daigre, Makeda Ebube, Afua Kouyate, Kabby Mitchell and Erricka Turner about working in Seattle.
Question One: How has the Seattle dance scene changed for black dancers from when you started until now?
Question Two: What are your greatest accomplishments?
Tyrone Crosby (Koach T), Alex Crozier, Jade Solomon Curtis, Randy Ford, Maxie Jamal and Markeith Wiley give their responses to the question: What have been some advantages of creating work in the city?
The “Younger Generation” answers the question: What have been your greatest challenges making work in Seattle?
As a part of our Color of Dance-History of Black Dance in Seattle, Vivian Phillips briefly spoke about how black dancers and art makers can make themselves visible in the Seattle dance community.
This is the discussion that followed when host Dani Tirrell was finished speaking with the panel of artists.