Posted October 17, 2017 by Editorial Staff in Art+Culture
 
 

Portraying the African-American Diaspora in Modern Dance

Dimensions Dance Theater
Dimensions Dance Theater

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Oakland’s Dimensions Dance Theater, likely the oldest African American dance troupe on the West Coast, is entering a second generation of women leaders with Tanya L. Tigner among others. They were mostly trained by company co-founder Deborah Vaughan, who had encountered Haitian and modern dance at San Francisco’s recreation department, under the renowned Ruth Beckford. So today’s DDT follows a noble tradition with a repertoire that is grounded in traditional African dance and yet welcomes innovation. As Dimensions is entering a new era, it fortunately looks like the company will continue the road it embarked on when Vaughan pioneered this kind of programming.

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