About Black Girls Dance

Our
Story

I was inspired to create Black Girls Dance® because of the need to give female dancers of color, who are often times overlooked, an opportunity to perform. My career as a professional dancer lasted for 25 glorious years, but when I returned to my hometown of Chicago, I discovered many talented dancers were unemployed or working "regular" jobs because they didn't have the personal connections or access to audition or train with mainstream dance companies or Broadway musicals. I believe all dancers train and study their craft with dedication and commitment knowing the pool of full-time employment is scarce some never land their dream job, not because they don't have the talent and it's simply not fair.

Our
Vision

The vision of Black Girls Dance® is to expand our community world wide until we become the largest resource for female dancers of color in performance opportunities, career guidance and scholarship assistance.

Our
Values

  • Relationships and Community engagement

  • Instruction with Empathy

  • Exposure to Industry Professionals and Opportunities

  • Creating well rounded humans who appreciate art

 
 

Founder & Director

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ERIN BARNETT

Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Horton Technique, Contemporary

Our Board of Directors

Halil Hampton, Esq Courtney Dodd
Dunni Cosey-Gay
Erika Brown-Flowers

Our Faculty

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Dorianne Thomas

Combination Classes 1 - 4, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz

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Jordyn A. Bush

Tap 1 -3, Jazz, Hip Hop 1 – 3

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Emani Drake

Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop