DAD Heritage and Legacy

DAD Heritage and Legacy

Sean Graham by Irven Lewis

Sean Graham, photo Irven Lewis

Dance of the African Diaspora acknowledges that the high visibility of dance practices, which draw on DAD and Black heritage, is both important and influential to British culture and that supporting these practices is a vital means of validating the intellectual and cultural contribution of Black cultures. Therefore promoting social inclusion works to establish and nurture the British context for the practice of dance of the African Diaspora (DAD).

One Dance UK encourages individual dance practitioners and enthusiasts to develop and invest in their own unique approach to DAD and to be committed to excellence and professionalism. We recognize the debates over definition, labels and aesthetics within the sector as a healthy part of ongoing discourse with the aim to actively encourage debate that addresses the creativity and convictions of dance artists, as expressed in staged work.

Our programmes like the Re:generations International Conference, the DAD Lifetime Achievement Award and our DAD Heritage Exhibition along with our many published Resources further academic documentation and preservation of dance of the African Diaspora’s heritage and legacy.  

‘We are part of networks that reach across the world. Part of the legacy of our ‘British’ history is the far reaching networks that colonialism created. Part of the legacy of our ‘Blackness’ origins is the extended family of individuals we create around us. Currently contributors to the book range from Europe to North America to Africa. We have also encouraged different types of stories and knowledge, so the book mixes more academic approaches, with physical practises, and also oral remembrances.’

Dr. Adesola Akinleye, Trailblazer Champion 2016-2017