Monday, August 31, 2015
Dr. Damm published an article entitled “Origin of the Fanga Dance” in the September 2015 Music Educators Journal (MEJ). The MEJ is a journal of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) which features articles about all phases of music education including practical instructional techniques, teaching philosophy, and current issues in music teaching and learning. Only 18% of submitted manuscripts are accepted for publication in this peer-reviewed journal. The fanga dance is taught to children in elementary music classes, students in African dance classes, teachers in multicultural workshops, and professional dancers in touring ensembles. Dr. Damm’s paper includes an introduction to Asadata Dafora as the first dancer to stage fanga in the United States, an extensive examination of Pearl Primus and her role in adapting and popularizing the fanga, and a commentary about the contemporary period when the fanga moved into the elementary school classroom. Dr. Damm’s research involved the study of primary source materials held at the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York and the American Dance Festival Archives at Duke University in Durham, NC.