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Black Dance Stories Presents All-New Episodes

Guests include Robert Garland & Tendayi Kuumba Amy Hall Garner & Amaniyea Payne, NIC Kay & Alice Sheppard, and more!

Black Dance Stories will present new episodes in April featuring Black dancers, choreographers, movement artists, and creatives who use their work to raise societal issues and strengthen their community. This month the dance series brings together Robert Garland & Tendayi Kuumba (Apr 8), Amy Hall Garner & Amaniyea Payne (Apr 15), NIC Kay & Alice Sheppard (Apr 22), Christal Brown & Edisa Weeks (Apr 29), and Robert Battle & Angie Pittman (Apr 1).

The incomparable Robert Garland (Dance Theatre of Harlem) and renaissance woman Tendayi Kuumba (American Utopia) will be guests on an all-new episode of Black Dance Stories tonight, Thursday, April 8 at 6pm EST. Link here.

Robert Battle, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Angie Pittman, Bessie award-winning dancer, joined the Black Dance Stories community on April 1. In the episode, they talk about (and sing) their favorite hymens, growing up in the church, and the importance of being kind. During the episode, Pittman has a full-circle moment when she shared with Battle her memory of meeting him for the first time and being introduced to his work a decade ago. View April 1st episode here.

Conceived and co-created by performer, producer, and dance writer Charmaine Warren, the weekly discussion series showcases and initiates conversations with Black creatives that explore social, historical, and personal issues and highlight the African Diaspora's humanity in the mysterious and celebrated dance world. Black Dance Stories is presented in association with 651 ARTS. The series streams live on YouTube Thursdays at 6 pm EST.


  • April 1, 2021 | Robert Battle & Angie Pittman
  • April 8, 2021 | Robert Garland & Tendai Kuumba
  • April 15, 2021 | Amy Hall Garner & Amaniyea Payne
  • April 22, 2021 | NIC Kay & Alice Sheppard
  • April 29, 2021 | Christal Brown & Edisa Weeks

In January 2021, Black Dance Stories and 651 ARTS announced their partnership to co-present the series for the Spring 2021 season. The new partnership reflects Black Dance Stories' commitment to support, uphold, highlight, and celebrate Black creatives and mark the first time 651 presents an online series as part of its suite of programming.

For more information, visit Black Dance Stories website at

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