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Joan Myers Brown & The Audacious Hope Of The Black Ballerina: A Biohistory Of American Performance
by Brenda Dixon Gottschild

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    Format: Paperback
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Page Count: 370
    ISBN13: 9780230114098
    Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck

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    Book Description:
    Founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) and the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, Joan Myers Brown’s personal and professional histories reflect both the hardships and the accomplishments of African Americans in the artistic and social developments through the twentieth century and into the new millennium. Dixon Gottschild deftly uses Brown’s career as the fulcrum to leverage an exploration of the connection between performance, society, and race—beginning with Brown’s predecessors in the 1920s—and a concert dance tradition that has had no previous voice to tell its story from the inside out. Augmented by interviews with a score of dance professionals, including Billy Wilson, Gene Hill Sagan, Rennie Harris, Milton Myers, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Ronald K. Brown, Joan Myers Brown’s background and richly contoured biography are object lessons in survival—a true American narrative.

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