Dance Party: Tribute to Black Music in America

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Put on your best 70’s attire and join us to dance the night away!

Dr. Daryl Green presents the 70’s, 80’s & ‘More’ Dance Party: A Tribute to Black Music in America. Join us on Friday, February 21, 2020, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Geiger Center Ballroom, OBU. Entry is FREE! Donations are requested to support the African American Scholarships in Business College.

This event will feature:

  • OBU Big Horn Band
  • Group Dance Lessons – Swing & Hustle
  • Prizes
  • 70’s Costume Theme

For more information, please contact Dr. Green at daryl.green@okbu.edu.

2020 Black History Month Program

 

86259992_3060753330622664_6247529303584538624_oJoin us to enjoy the 2020 Black History Month Program sponsored by the Dickinson College of Business. This dynamic event will take place on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 10am at Oklahoma Baptist University

Our speaker of the hour will be Andre Head, President of The Coltrane Group. He will be speaking on the topic: Black Wall Street and Black Towns: Economic Development in Black Communities

Exploring Hidden Markets in Ballroom Dancing

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We just had to go on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, the place was known for great blues music. We stopped at one of the famous blues hotspots on this strip. We were directed to our seats; the house was packed with people. The band was playing with great passion. My wife and I walked in the room to celebrate with others the love of good music. The music was carried across the room slowly as blues music permeated the atmosphere like smoke covers a house on fire. Everyone was excited. People were all over the dance floor. These folks were no amateurs to blues. Interesting enough, my wife and I were the only black couple in this crowded location. Blacks created the blues. Yet, many blacks have either abandoned this genre or have forgotten the roots of this music. I hope that dance in America will not falter like this.

As my wife and I have danced ballroom in various states and different dance studios, we have not seen many black people doing ballroom dancing. African-Americans have made significant contributions in all walks of life, dance is no exception. Black History Month gives us a time to remember the pioneers of dance, including Josephine Baker and the Dance Theatre of Harlem and glance at the future. When you start talking about ballroom dancing, everyone thinks about the ABC’s hit show, Dancing With the Stars, that pairs up celebrities with professional dance partners in an intense ballroom competition. There are a few African Americans involved with ballroom dancing in the nation. In this session, we will examine how dance studios can better target African American communities by reaching an untapped market.

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