Resources for you & your children to celebrate & learn about Black Culture



Tuesday 2nd June 2020, saw organisations and individuals across the world stand in solidarity in #BlackOutTuesday. Dance Stables is an extremely strong supporter of equal rights and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We took the day to read, to watch, to listen and to open discussions with our friends and families in relation to race and our experiences of Black Culture.

We thank you for joining us on this day. We wanted to offer you some starting points for open discussions you may have with your children, and to highlight some inspirational work and artists that deserve to be celebrated for their contributions in their field. So much in dance comes from and is influenced by Black Culture. At Dance Stables, we aim to celebrate the diversity of dance and our valued families, schools and organisations.

Dance Stables : Mission Statement

Dance Stables provides an open, secure platform for children and adults to explore their creativity, build confidence and share their love for dance and the arts. We promote positive well being, celebrate cultural diversity and identity, and aim to educate and inspire the future of dance in the UK and beyond.

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances” -

Maya Angelou

At Dance Stables we;

  • Inspire Creativity and Artistry

  • Celebrate Cultural Diversity

  • Promote Positive Well Being and Arts Therapeutic Qualities

  • Educate individuals on the past, present and future of Dance



 

See below a list of books and other resources that we’ve personally picked out for our Dance Stables Families. This list is by no means exclusive and there are endless amounts of literature, art, dance and information available at our very fingers tips. We would love to hear your thoughts and for you to pass on any resources that you have that opens up these conversations and you have found helpful.

James Baldwin famously said, “it was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive” We think these books are a great place to begin.

 

Books for you.



(See document attached at the end of the blog for more reading)


 

Books for your children.



 

Inspirational Dance Artists.

Misty Copeland

In 2015, Misty Copeland became the first Black female principal at American Ballet Theatre, in the companies 75 year history. We are inspired by her passion, elegance and determination. Misty found her voice in Ballet, despite facing many challenges in regards to her race and body type, and in doing so has opened the way for many more aspiring young dancers to follow in her footsteps.


Her story is told in “A Ballerinas Tale”, which is now available on Netflix.

https://youtu.be/6Y2h6fz2XzQ

 

Carlos Acosta

Carlos Acosta is a Cuban dancer, who had a hugely successful career dancing with companies including the English National Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba and American Ballet Theatre. Carlos noted in an interview about his career “Nobody who look alike me has ever played the roles I danced”, and his success has inspired and opened doors from many black male dancers. He is such an inspiration.

The story of his life is the inspiration for “Yuli - The Carlos Acosta Story”

https://youtu.be/gcB-N_80bC0