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Great Performances: Free To Dance

DANCE IN AMERICA presents FREE TO DANCE a three-part documentary that chronicles the crucial role that African-American choreographers and dancers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form. Tracing this phenomenon against the backdrop of America's social, political, and cultural landscape, the series captures the struggle for artistic freedom and spotlights the genius created by cultural synergy. "Without the African contribution, we would not have had American dance as we know it," says author Katrina Hazzard Donald. FREE TO DANCE is a co-production of the American Dance Festival (ADF) and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in association with Thirteen/WNET New York. Madison Davis Lacy is the series producer and director, and Charles L. and Stephanie Reinhart are the executive producers.

FREE TO DANCE premiered on GREAT PERFORMANCES in June 2001 on PBS (check local listings).

Explore the FREE TO DANCE Web companion, which offers information about the series, a dance timeline, essays on dance history and the African-American contribution to modern dance, biographies of notable dance personalities, links to relevant dance resources online, and more.
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