The Black History Outside the Book program has always focused on the cultural heritage of this community, and this year’s program is no exception. With an emphasis on African and African American cultural dances, it wasn’t difficult to put together a program that’s diverse and will include some of Gainesville’s most well known, talented, and engaging performers.
Here’s a brief description and list of those who will be performing:
Laverne Porter Dancers:
Laverne Porter started dancing in the 1960’s. After retiring from dancing in 1988, she opened a studio and began teaching students in the community. She says that she “went to low income areas to find students. My focus was to give those who would not otherwise have the chance to take dance because it’s about giving children the opportunity to be exposed to the arts no matter where they come from."
African dancer and teacher Noni Jones teaches African dance in the community and have been dancing and teaching for over twenty years now. Besides teaching at many of the community centers here in Gainesville, she has also performed and taught at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. She says that “she loves dancing and loves teaching others to dance”.
Devante’ Moody, Jonathan Clark, and Brian King have been together for 3 years now. Besides performing in their church, they have performed at events throughout the Gainesville area. Group member Devante Moody says that “he’s excited and looking forward to participating in the program.
Angela Holmes and the E.O.G.S.G. dancers:
Angela has been working with teens and tweens for over 12 years now. Her group is called the E.O.G.S.G. (essence of Gainesville show group) dancers. Angela says that” her group takes their dancing very seriously but also likes to have fun, and they will be “stepping”, as well as performing other types of dances”.
This event will take place on February 10th at 2:00 p.m., on the 4th floor of the Headquarter's Library Downtown.
Schedule of other Black History Month events held in February at your libraries.