SLIPPAGE 2021 Fall Series: CADD Research Presentations

Saturday October 2, 11:00am-2:00pm SLIPPAGE@Duke presents Dancing the African Diaspora: Justice Perspectives. In collaboration with SLIPPAGE@Duke, two thought leaders from The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) offer urgent and emergent information and analyses of African diaspora dance and its continuing possibilities during a live taping for a Black Dance digital resource in development.  Lunch served.  Please RSVP by 9/30 to  

The Ins and Outs of Color: African American Ballerinas:

Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown is an Assistant Professor of Dance Pedagogy and Community Engagement at The Ohio State University. McCarthy-Brown an active educator, scholar, and artist. She has written numerous articles in academic publications. In 2017, her book, Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World, was released to great acclaim. New York City Department of Education purchased over two hundred copies of her book to ensure all dance teachers in the district have one. McCarthy-Brown teaches dance education and contemporary dance with Africanist underpinnings grounded the celebration of all movers. Her work has been sought out nationally to consult and lead workshops on diversifying curriculum for organizations such as: San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Enrich Chicago, Dance Educators Coalition, and Rutgers Dance Department.

Concentric Circles: The Many Contexts of African American Concert Dance:

Dr. John O. Perpener III is a dance historian and independent scholar based in Charlotte, NC. Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University; MFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University. His book, African American Concert Dance: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond, was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2001. He also served as a primary consultant and commentator for the PBS documentary on African American dance, Free to Dance. As a dancer and choreographer, he worked with the Hartford Ballet Company, the D.C. Black Repertory Dance Company, and the Maryland Dance Theater. More recently, he performed in Visible, co-choreographed by Nora Chipaumire and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2012-2013) for his project on the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. And, in 2014-2015, he was a Fellow at New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.



All events will be in the SLIPPAGE lab, Room 202, Rubenstein Arts Center. All events are free and open to the public. There will be capacity limits and masking protocols. For more information email:


Dance Party Friday, August 27 | 8-10pm

Music Performance

Kenneth Stewart: “It’s Always a Ways Away”

Saturday, August 28 | 8pm 

Film Screening

Leslie Cunningham: Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana

Sunday, August 29 | 3pm

Artist Residency Presentation 

Melanie Greene: Sapphire Universe – back home

Friday, September 17 | 1pm

Dance Party Friday, September 24 | 8-10 pm

Collegium for African Diaspora Dance Research Presentations

Dancing the African Diaspora: Justice Perspectives

Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown

Dr. John Perpener 

Saturday, October 2 |11am

Live Podcast

Catch That!: The Evolution of R&B

The R&B Representers (Lamont Stanfield & Alise Leslie)

Saturday October 9 | 8

SLIPPAGE Performances

The Talking Dance Series

Friday, October 29 |12pm & 7pm 

12pm – I am black [you have to be willing to not know] 

 7 pm – White Privilege

Dance Party Friday October 29 | 8-10pm

SLIPPAGE Performances

The Talking Dance Series

Saturday, October 30 

12pm – I am black [you have to be willing to not know]

7 pm – White Privilege

SLIPPAGE Work in Progress


Friday, November 5 | 8 pm 

Saturday, November 6 | 8pm 

Artist Presentation  

Santron Freeman: “Roots to Rising: A Feature Dancer with the Story of a Feature Film”

Monday, November 8 | 1 pm

Dance Party Friday, November 26 | 8-10pm

Bass Project Showing: Visualizing Housing Inequality

Thursday, Dec 2 – Sat Dec 4

Thurs 7pm, Fri 12pm & 7pm, Sat 12pm & 7pm

These events are sponsored by SLIPPAGE, the Duke Dance Program, and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke.