Shows

The Creole Show: (1899) Starring Dora Dean and Charles Johnson. One of the first minstrel shows to include women, which opened up more options and creativity with partnering. Featured the Cakewalk. –Black Dance in America by James Haskins

In Dahomey: (1903) Created by Bert Williams and George Walker. Was the first black entertainment team to use African American themes in their shows. This was also the first black show to open on Broadway in New York City. Featured the Cakewalk dance to Ragtime music. –Black Dance in America by James Haskins

The Darktown Follies: (1913) Written and staged by J. Leubrie Hill. Opened at the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem. One of the first shows to feature tap dancing. Featured “At the Ball” with the black dance : “Ballin’ the Jack.” The rights to “At the Ball” were purchased by Florenz Ziegfeld of Ziegfeld Follies and he included the number in his show. –Black Dance in America by James Haskins

Shuffle Along: (1921) Created by Noble Sissle,  Eubie Black, Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles. The first all black show on Broadway. Opened at 63rd Street Theatre. The show received rave reviews and featured all the new dance crazes that were flooding the Harlem scene. This show also made history, showcasing a black couple kissing on stage. Birthed stars such as, Florence Mills, Josephine Baker and Elida Webb. –Black Dance in America by James Haskins