Dancing In Blackness


From The Black Arts Movement-West of the 60s
To The New York black Dance Scene in the 70s
To Founding “Black Choreographers Moving Toward the 21st Century” & The Historic Stanford Katherine Dunham Residency in the 80s & 90s

Dancing In Blackness: A Memoir is a professional dancer's personal journey over four decades, across three continents and twenty-three countries, and through defining moments in the story of black dance in America.  In this memoir, Halifu Osumare reflects on what blackness and dance have meant to her life and international career.

National Book Tour

  • March 3, 2-4:00pm           Sacramento, CA         Underground Books 

  • March 6, 12-1:00                Oakland, CA                Laney College Library 

  • March 8, 4-5:30                   Davis, CA                      UC Davis, AAS, 3201 Hart Hall

  • March 10, 6:30-7:30          Oakland, CA               Laney College Theatre

  • March 17, 2-4:00                 Oakland, CA               A-A Museum & Library of Oakland

  • April 10, 11-12:00               San Francisco, CA    Africana Studies, SF State University

  • April 11, 6-8:00                    Palo Alto, CA               IDA, Stanford University 

  • April 14, 2-3:30                    San Francisco, CA     Museum of African Diaspora 

  • April 15, 4:30-5:30             Sacramento, CA         Theatre & Dance, Sacramento State

  • April 18, TBA                         Riverside, CA              UC Riverside, Department of Dance

  •  April 23, TBA                        San Diego, CA             Theatre & Dance, UC San Diego

  • April 24, 10:00-11:30         Los Angeles, CA         UCLA Community Programs Office 

  • April 24, 2:00-3:30              Los Angeles, CA         UCLA World Arts & Culture/Dance

  • April 25, 4:15-5:15              Santa Monica, CA     Santa Monica College Dance Depart.

  • May 15, 5-6:30                      Chicago, IL                   Performance Studies, Northwestern U.

  • May 16, 9:30-11:00             Chicago, IL                   Performance Studies, Northwestern U.

  •  May 17, 3:00-5:00              New York City             Shakespeare & Co.-w/Hunter College                                        WGS, & English

  • May, 17, 5:45-7:00              New York City             Hunter College, Dance Department

  • May 18, TBA                          New York City             Gavin Brown Gallery

  • May 19/20, TBA                   New York City             Rod Rodgers Dance Studio

  • May 21, TBA                          Brooklyn, NY               Urban Bush Women - Greenlight Books

  • May 23-26                              Barbados, WI               University of the West Indies, Cave Hill

Contact: hosumare@ucdavis.edu