Performances & Workshops

We will not stop making music, making dance, and celebrating Black culture.

Though we are unable to host live performances and events due to COVID-19, our ensemble directors and students continue to study, make, and share art—socially distanced, masked, and with university safety protocols.

Video is now our primary means of sharing performances. We are exploring new technology and new ways of using existing technology to continue providing academic and artistic experiences for IU students. We will not stop.

Watch New Ensemble Performances in Reimagining Potpourri

Moving off the stage, out of the studio, and into virtual and unconventional spaces has been challenging. But, we adapted, persevered, and reimagined how to teach, create, and perform Black music and dance.

The African American Choral Ensemble, African American Dance Company, and IU Soul Revue present works created amidst and in response to the pandemic and racial justice movement.

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Ensemble Documentaries

Dr. Charles Sykes, Executive Director of the African American Arts Institute

This pandemic has indeed been a challenge for all of us. Yet, we have taught. We have created. We have performed. And we have worked very hard to reinforce with our students the idea that within the AAAI, they have a community that cares.

Charles Sykes, Executive Director of the African American Arts Institute

Virtual Workshops and High School Programs

African American Dance Company Annual Dance Workshop

Directed by Stafford C. Berry Jr.

The 23rd Annual Dance Workshop will be held on March 19 and 20, 2021, virtually on Zoom. The workshop exposes participants to dance from the perspective of African American culture and the broader African Diaspora. Scholarships are available for high school students.

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Musicians with Camp S.O.U.L.

Camp S.O.U.L.

Directed by Ignoisco Miles

Camp S.O.U.L. will be held virtually on June 14 – June 25, 2021. Talented high school students will be selected to study African American music with IU faculty, music professionals, and graduate students. Students must apply and audition to be considered for Camp S.O.U.L. Accepted students will receive full scholarships.

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Support our mission to promote and preserve Black culture through the arts

To all who believe in what we do here at the AAAI, we ask for your continued, new, and renewed support. COVID-19 has also caused financial challenges. So, in addition to attending our virtual performances and events, please give to the AAAI. You can make a gift to the AAAI, or specially to the African American Dance Company, African American Choral Ensemble, or IU Soul Revue.

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