Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD)

The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) is an egalitarian community of scholars and artists committed to exploring, promoting, and engaging African diaspora dance as a resource and method of aesthetic identity.  Through conferences, roundtables, publications and public events, we aim to facilitate interdisciplinary inquiry that captures the variety of topics, approaches, and methods that might constitute Black Dance Studies. A diverse gathering of dance scholars and community members, The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance was conceptualized by its founding members and first convened in April 2012 as the African Diaspora Dance Research Group at Duke University. 

Founding Members
  • Thomas F. DeFrantz
  • Takiyah Nur Amin
  • Raquel Monroe
  • Andrea E. Woods Valdés
  • Makeda Thomas
  • C. Kemal Nance
  • Jasmine Johnson
  • John Perpener
  • Carl Paris
  • Ava LaVonne Vinesett
  • Shireen Dickson