Black Dance is Beautiful On Film 2018


Black Dance Is Beautiful is a cultural event designed to show diversity in dance in Cincinnati, and toward that goal, present an array of regional black companies among its global offerings. While the festival celebrates black dancers and black choreographers, the genre itself, has in many ways transcended boundaries of race and culture, heavily influencing all areas of dance and amassing universal audience appeal.

BDIB on Film Festival will provide free public screenings of the film “Black Ballerina”, throughout the greater Cincinnati area, as well as a one day screening of five additional films focusing on the wide spectrum of African Americans in dance. In addition to the documentary movies, there will be a panel of dancers, directors, and filmmakers, who will engage in a question and answer period with the audience, after opening with a moderator on the state of Black dance in America today: the opportunities and challenges. One very brief live performance (3-5 minutes) will take place following the first half of the day’s films. This project is deeply committed to educating the Cincinnati community about the beauty and absence of black dancers from the mainstream arts conversation.

BDIB on Film will create an opportunity for students to explore black dance, from modern to ballet, and will experience firsthand the rhythms, dynamics, character and creative expression of a wide range variety of dance forms.

Black Dance Is Beautiful on Film Festival

A free public performance will be followed by a brief question and answer audience session. The festival would take place on January 21st of 2018, at Memorial Hall from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Film Festival Program Order

Begin                                                                                                                                                    2:00 p.m.

“Sparkle” (DCDC)                                                                                                                         18 min

“Enemy Within” (Preston Miller)                                                                                        18 min

“Move” (Deeply Rooted)                                                                                                          74 min

Mini Performance                                                                                                                       3-5 min

BREAK                                                                                                                                               20 min

“Dancing In The Light”                                                                                                              17 min

“Raising the Barre: The Homer Bryant Story”                                                            30 min

“Black Ballerina”                                                                                                                           55 min

Panel Discussion/Q &A                                                                                                             45 min

Adjourn                                                                                                                                              7:30 p.m

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael Rozow says:

    Sounds exciting!


  2. Monica Denise says:

    Can’t wait!


  3. Jacque Sims says:

    I would like to reserve two tickets for the November 21 2015 performance at Walnut Hills High School!! Please and Thank You!!


    1. quierajill says:

      That is fine. Feel free to show up and sign in on the sheet.
      We can’t wait to see you. Thank you for trying to register!


  4. Zet Hydrick-Yarbough says:

    Unable to register due to rejection of email. ( )


    1. quierajill says:

      That is fine. Feel free to show up and sign in on the sheet.
      We can’t wait to see you. Thank you for trying to register!


  5. quierajill says:

    Just a reminder that the Black Dance Is Beautiful Performance is TONIGHT at Walnut Hills High School (3250 Victory Parkway). Program begins at 7 p.m. The event is FREE and Open to the Public. We would love to see you there.


  6. Djai says:

    The performance was beautiful! Thank you to the amazing people that orchestrated the event. Also thanks to the talented dancers.


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