African-Americans in the Ballroom World

Hey Everyone,

I am a filmmaker who is considering doing a documentary on the subject of Black ballroom dancers that will also explores the african roots of some of the competition style dances. This forum has been very helpful. I am not a dancer so I will be doing a lot of research before embarking on this project.

If you know of any "must have" people that should be interviewed or featured for a project like this, please let me know.
Chester Whitmore. He has made it his business to study the History of Black Dance. I can't submit urls, so search for chesterwhitmore.
I am a lurker, first time poster who's been reading this thread and finally decided to jump in.

I am a Black American who ballroom dances and I've never experienced overt racism. What I do experience from time-to-time is people seeming surprised at my skilll level. I am by no means advanced, but I am not a beginner either. When I attend a dance party at a studio other than my own (or when we have visitors to our studio) I often get surprised compliments (more so than other non-Black students at my same level.)

I will also concur with the person who posted that I prefer Black American over African-American. I have been to Africa, I felt more American than ever while I was there, and I couldn't wait to get back home. With that said, I am not offended by the term African-American, it's just not my preference.

Angel HI

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Welcome to the DF

....I argue that it is equally, or even more true that many Blacks don't take up traditional Ballroom dancing for more practical reasons: They don't care for the music, it's not something you can pick up in a session or two, and you can't dance it at most (Black) dance venues. -ron
Interesting that this thread would be bumped. However, I agree. It's, or was, cultural.

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