Men Walk in Parallel! Dancing in Chuck Davis’s “Paths”

C. Kemal Nance

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C. Kemal Nance reflects on the ways in which African American men utilize dance vocabularies in artistic and academic work. He reveals his findings through his own experiences as an African dance performer, as well as through a series of interviews with Baba Chuck Davis. Centering an analysis of gender and sexuality, Nance explores the scripted nature of these discourses while addressing the ideological implications of historical representations of the black male body, masculinity, and heteronormativity in the field of African dance in the United States.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHot Feet and Social Change
Subtitle of host publicationAfrican Dance and Diaspora Communities
EditorsKariamu Welsh, Esailama G A Diouf, Yvonne Daniel
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780252051814
ISBN (Print)9780252042959
StatePublished - Nov 25 2019


  • Chuck Davis
  • Heteronormativity
  • Masculinity
  • Black Male Body
  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • African Dance
  • African American men


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