“BLACK BEAUTY”

I’ve been interviewed again by Stephen York of Sweet Choreography Blog, this time for my choreography to Duke Ellington’s “Black Beauty” from a performance in Toronto in November 2013. Find out how this choreography came about, the inspiration behind the dance, who Duke Ellington tributes this song to, and how I’ve unintentionally channeled a Charlie Chaplin dance. The song I used for my choreography is Duke Ellington’s 1960’s version from his Unknown Sessions album which has a fuller sound and utilizes the talents of his band members. Did you know that the original version, which came out in 1928, is a solo stride piano piece? Listen to it here and also learn about the context in which thi