Black History

From Africa to America...Liberty or Death, Vol.I

From Africa to America...Liberty or Death, Vol. I

Laney Department of Dance & SF Bay Area National Pan Hellenic Council (SF NPHC) present:

FROM AFRICA TO AMERICA…Liberty or Death, Vol. I

Digital Black History Show & Fundraiser.

From Africa to America Black History Dance Show!

Proceeds benefit dance study abroad and academic scholarships.


Registration for the event has ended. Stay tuned for more!

Enjoy performance snippets through the years…

AND STILL WE DANCE…“From Our Screens to Your Hearts”- 2020

Title: “Ka”dididi-ga!” 2011

Class: Dance 64, 65, 68, 69 (Modern I & II, Jazz I & II)

Performers: Students enrolled in mixed level modern-jazz

Choreography: Andrea Lee
Music: Omar Sosa
Event/Location: Spring Dance Concert/Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center


Title: Tribute to Dudley Williams, 2019

Class: Dance 8A Composition & Choreography

Performers: Jonathan Corley, Gideon Mekwunye, Tyriq Collins

Choreography: Alvin Ailey, 1961

Background: Choreography I students pay tribute to the late Dudley Williams (b. 1938, d. 2015), principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founded by Alvin Ailey (b.1931, d.1989).  Inspired by Williams’ career longevity, strength and grace, students from Choreography I render a trio version of Mr. William’s original solo, “I Wanna Be Ready,” first performed in 1961 as part of Ailey’s Revelations-an iconic work reflecting the deepest emotions behind African American Negro spirituals.

Event/Location: Spring Dance Concert/Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center


Oakland Public Schools Community Outreach Program

As a part of our K-12 concurrent and dual enrollment programs, students from Skyline High School’s dance production class (under the supervision of Dawn James, Director of Dance at Skyline High School) perform in Laney’s annual dance productions.

Skyline High School

Skyline High School