‘Black Dance’ in Britain 1930’s to 1990’s – Moments…

DAD Heritage Exhibition


The DAD Heritage exhibition makes a distinctive contribution to collecting, conserving, interpreting and narrating the history and heritage that informs the work of Black dancers in contemporary Britain. It is made up of two components a photographic exhibition and a book called Voicing Black Dance: 1930’s to 1990’s – The British Experience.

In October 2006, the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD, now part of One Dance UK) collaborated with The Theatre Museum (now resides with the V&A Museum’s main site) to present a ground-breaking photographic exhibition representing the presence of Black dance in Britain over seven decades. A small sample of key artists and companies was featured as the whole panorama would be impossible to cover in the limited space available.

The exhibition, Moments... gives a snapshot of the evolving success of Black dance in Britain, with the intention to strategically include as wide a range of performers and companies as possible and thereby highlight critically-important contributors to the development of Black dance in its varying dimensions spanning 70 years.


Moments… features memorable dance companies that have contributed to Black British Dance history such as Steel and Skin, MAAS Movers, Adzido, Kokuma, IRIE! Dance Theatre, Carl Campbell Dance Company 7, Phoenix Dance Theatre in the 1980s, Union Dance Company, Jiving Lindy Hoppers, Delado Dance , JazzXchange, Bullies Ballerinas, Badejo Arts, and RJC. Other talented artists featured include: Namron OBE Esq., Cathy Lewis, Sheron Wray, Carol Straker, Kenneth Tharpe OBE and many others who danced with mainstream companies such as Rambert Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance Theatre and English National Ballet.

Photographs were sourced from leading photographers such as Roger Wood, Baron, Dee Conway, Chris Nash, Atinuke Olumekun and Anthony Crickmay; as well as from the archives of the Theatre Museum, (Trinity) Laban, The National Resource Centre for Dance and the New York Public Library. Additionally, photographs from private collections were exhibited for the first time.

Supported by

heritage lottery fund       Arts Council England      The Lowry logo