African Influence on American Dance

March 26, 1997


Jean Maria Arrigo

Member of the 2005 APA Presidential Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security. She is a social psychologist and independent scholar. She founded the Intelligence Ethics Collection at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and she is a founder of the International Intelligence Ethics Association.

Dr. Nina Thomas

A member of the APA Presidential Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security. She is a psychologist and psychoanalyst and is a faculty member and supervisor at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Leonard Rubenstein

Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights.

Dr. Eric Anders

Former Air Force officer who underwent SERE training. He is now working as a psychoanalyst and is starting a private practice in the east bay this summer.


A professor of performance studies in the dance department at Temple University in Philadelphia. She just published a new book called, Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts.

When thinking about dance in America, a few names and stylists immediately come to mind — Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, or ballet great George Ballanchine and even Mikhail Baryshnikov. But lost in this history is the profound impact of African Americans on American dance.

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