Black Effect: The Ethno-Choreology of Black Commercial Dance

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This research positions dance as ideology for embodying Black culture while dismissng Black bodies. Through cultural appropriation, non-Black dancers have increasingly begun to imitate and impersonate Black aesthetics in the post-modern dance era, most notably in commercialized dance. Based on a socio-historical evoluation of Black performance studies, this research provides discourse that addresses the attempted erasure of Blck women as artists and scholars in the field. In an interdisciplinary analysis - utilizing dance/performance theory, sociological theory, and ethnographic methods - this research encounters ontological and phenomenological understanding of Black dance as a commodified means of policing Black female bodies and identity. The conceptual conclusions of this project, thus, have been choreographed into movement that reflect Black feminist resistance in dance. 

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