Former Miss West Set & Philadanco Founder Discusses Her Life in Dixon Gottschild’s New Book [1/14/2012]

13 01 2012

Brenda Dixon Gottschild, a supporter of the work of the Archivists Society, has written a new book that discusses the life and achievement’s of America’s Black Ballerina Joan Myers Brown. The book is entitled “Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of American Performance”. Brown is the founder of Philadanco and a former Miss West Set–a designation awarded to women of notoriety by the Gentlemen of the West Set. The West Set was one of Philadelphia’s first black gay organizations.

This Saturday, January 14, 2012, The Brother’s Network, will host a discussion featuring author Brenda Dixon Gottschild and Joan Myers Brown.

WHERE: Moonstone Arts Center, 110A South 13th Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at 1 p.m. Contact The Brother’s Network for more information at comments@thebrothersnetwork.org .

The book description (from Amazon.com): “Founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) and the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, Joan Myers Brown’s personal and professional histories reflect both the hardships and the accomplishments of African Americans in the artistic and social developments through the twentieth century and into the new millennium. Dixon Gottschild deftly uses Brown’s career as the fulcrum to leverage an exploration of the connection between performance, society, and race—beginning with Brown’s predecessors in the 1920s—and a concert dance tradition that has had no previous voice to tell its story from the inside out. Augmented by interviews with a score of dance professionals, including Billy Wilson, Gene Hill Sagan, Rennie Harris, Milton Myers, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Ronald K. Brown, Joan Myers Brown’s background and richly contoured biography are object lessons in survival—a true American narrative.”
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3 responses

13 01 2012
Brenda Dixon Gottschild

Dear Kevin,
Thanks for spreading the word! I hope to meet you in person tomorrow? Peace and Blessings,
Brenda Dixon Gottschild

13 01 2012
Kevin Trimell Jones

Hello Brenda,

Congrats on the new book. I can’t wait to purchase, read and add it to my library. Currently I’m traveling for work and won’t be able to attend. I look forward to the next time. Thank you for all that you do.

13 01 2012
Brenda Dixon Gottschild

Thanks, Kevin. Next events in the Philly area: Feb. 15, 6 pm, UPenn Bookstore, 36th & Walnut Sts.; and March 27, 6 pm,Temple University, Conwell Dance Theater, Broad and Montgomery Sts. Safe travels, and best wishes, Brenda

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