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IU Soul Revue 50th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Reunion

Friday, April 22 – Saturday, April 23, 2022
Indianapolis, Indiana

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One of a kind for 47 years

Since 1974, the African American Arts Institute (AAAI) the nation’s only program that manages credit-bearing ensembles dedicated to the performance of black music and dance. The AAAI is made up of three performing ensembles offered as courses in IU’s Department of
African American and African Diaspora Studies.

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Performing Ensembles

African American Choral Ensemble

Directed by Raymond Wise

The African American Choral Ensemble features a broad repertoire of African American choral music including spirituals, Gospel, and formally composed works.

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African American Dance Company

Directed by Stafford Berry

The African American Dance Company shares dance of the American and African diaspora including African styles, contemporary, jazz, and other cultural forms.

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IU Soul Revue

Directed by James Strong

Established in 1971, the IU Soul Revue performs post-World War II Black popular music, from timeless R&B, soul, and funk to hip hop and other contemporary music styles. The ensemble includes vocals, horns, and rhythm sections.

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We promote and preserve Black culture through performance