Happy Caribbean Heritage Month!
Updated: Jun 15, 2021
Throw up your rags and your flags - it's Caribbean Heritage Month and we're also celebrating Juneteeth this month! We have some exciting classes and events on the Karib Dance and Cultural Arts Studio calendar.
We're kicking off the month with new in-studio classes, The #KDCASYouthAcademy Showcase (Sunday June 6), more Marketplace experiences, African Dance and Drumming with Paul Joseph & Ni Dembaya, plus the KDCAS Cultural Arts Camp!
Caribbean Heritage Month recognizes, honors, and celebrates the contributions of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.
We are our ancestors
"I dance not to entertain but to help people better understand each other. Because through dance I have experienced the wordless joy of freedom, I seek it more fully now for my people and for all people everywhere."
Pearl Primus was a dance pioneer, choreographer, and anthropologist born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1919.
She moved to New York with her family when she was a small child. She began her formal study of dance in 1941, learning contemporary dance as well as dancing for activism. “I started to dance because I wanted to show the dignity, and the beauty, and the strength, and the heritage of my people.” - Pearl Primus
June has always been a significant month for the history of African Americans in the United States because of June 19th or Juneteenth, the annual commemoration celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. "On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. But not everyone in Confederate territory would immediately be free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865. This day came to be known as "Juneteenth," by the newly freed people in Texas." (