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Dancehall Queens: Analyzing Bodies, Power, and Resistance Through Dance

Friday, November 20, 2020

“What does Dancehall even have to do with women?” With one critical question, the foundation for an ExCollege course was born. Instructor Onisha Etkins said she “knew that Dancehall — a genre of Jamaican music that emerged in the 1970s — provided such a freeing space as a dancer and a Black woman,” and recognized that other dancers in this space shared a similar sentiment. 

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