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African American Dance Company to hold annual Spring Concert Saturday


The African American Dance Company will be holding its annual Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. 

Founded in 1974, the company has performed not only throughout Indiana, but in New York City, China, Jamaica and Cuba, according to the African American Arts Institute website. The company is offered as a course at IU through the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, and it is also one of three performing ensembles managed by African American Arts Institute at IU — alongside the African American Choral Ensemble and IU Soul Revue. 

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The Spring Concert is performed by students who participate in the AADC course. Performances by the company range in style including African, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip-hop and other cultural forms. This year’s Annual Spring Concert is directed by Stafford C. Berry Jr., an activist and professor of practice in the Departments of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance at IU-Bloomington.  

Recently, the company wrapped up its 25th annual Kukusanya Africanist Intensive Workshop series. The Kukusanya is a weekend-long series of masterclasses, panel discussions and performances about dance from the perspectives of African American culture and the broader African Diaspora. 

Buskirk-Chumley Theater is located at 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. Tickets range from $15 to $20.

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