The Dance Company
of the National Center of Afro-American Artists event flyer (ca.
so long the black dancer has had no opportunity such as the current
situation offers—where they can grow as artists, not trying
to be liked but being themselves, being proud of their own heritage
and constantly aware of an audience, not living in a vacuum."
- Billy Wilson, choreographer, Dance Company of the NCAAA
in 1968, the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) was
created to address the absence of a comprehensive, national institutional
center for African American artists. As a Boston-based, professional,
multi-disciplinary arts organization, the Center filled this void.
The Center became not only a regional platform but also a national
one for African American visual and performing artists.
at the inception of the NCAAA, the Dance Company was created to
provide a venue for traditional and contemporary African and African
American dance forms, as well as other types of modern dance. The
professional troupe also served as mentors and models for students
at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, and actively worked to raise
the visibility of African American dance in the United States. From
the National Center of Afro-American Artists records.