Part of the The Arts in Higher Education book series (AHE)


The final chapter of the book is focused on ramifications of the study. I attempt to show what the higher education dance community might learn from historically black colleges and universities, since we are all engaged in one, shared American history, but are only currently telling one side of that story. It discusses ramifications for dance degree programs across the nation, as the population grows more diverse and HBCUs now compete with PWIs for students of color. With this study revealing how much is happening in dance on HBCU campuses, the chapter shows implications for dance in Hispanic- serving Institutions, Asian/Pacific Islander Institutions, Tribal Colleges, and even women’s and men’s colleges, as they are similarly missing from the literature. This conclusion further ponders the possibility that a more inclusive approach to teaching dance in higher education could eventually negate the need for separate courses on black dance.

Works Cited

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  2. Gasman, Marybeth. Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.Google Scholar
  3. Murty, Komandur, and Julian Roebuck. Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Their Place in American Higher Education. Praeger, 1993.Google Scholar
  4. “Presidential Executive Order on The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” The White House: Office of the Press, 12 July 2017,
  5. “Spelman College: Drama and Dance Goals and Objectives.” Spelman College, 15 December 2012,

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Visual and Performing ArtsWinthrop UniversityRock HillUSA

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