Presentation: Impact of Historical Dance on Contemporary Culture
C. Daniel Dawson creates a compelling view of tap dance through history and its significant impact on contemporary culture, theater, dance, music and social attitudes. He has engaged thousands of Tapology students at Flint Public Library with stories and images that bring history to life. His extensive knowledge of tap and its cultural roots, along with his ability to connect past and present, leave audiences thinking more critically about art and its influence on our daily lives. Dawson began curating while still in high school at Arts High in Newark, New Jersey. He went on to become the first James Van Der Zee Curator of Photography, Film and Video at the Studio Museum in Harlem. In addition, he has curated more than 50 exhibitions including Harlem Heyday; The Photographs of James Van Der Zee and The Sound I Saw; The Jazz Photographs of Roy DeCarava. He has also been associated with many prize-winning films including Head and Heart by James Mannas and Capoeiras of Brazil by Warrington Hadlin.