African American Soul Dancing Performance

African American Soul Dancing Performance

This Black Music Month event is designed to showcase the marriage between movement and music in Black history and culture, especially as it relates to dance in the 20th and 21st centuries. The presentation will include accomplished dancers from Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago. For approximately 30 minutes, these couples will demonstrate recommended dances for academic programs, based on information in Soul Dancing! The Essential African American Cultural Dance Book by Frank R. Ross.  After the dance demonstrations, author Frank R. Ross will facilitate a Q & A session about Soul Dancing!.  During the second hour, Mr. Ross will host a book signing.

About the Author

Frank R. Ross is a native son of Ohio. He graduated from Cleveland’s John Adams High School, where he excelled in track and field.  Ross accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Central State University and was a member of the “Big Four” mile relay team that was featured on the “Wide World of Sports ” in 1966.

A retired guidance counselor, Ross is the creator of the Grand March, the National African African-American Folk Dance.  He is also the best-selling author of The Grand March – The Spirit of African-Americans from Publish America and Soul Dancing! The Essential African-American Cultural Dance Book (National Dance Association, 2010).

He has traveled throughout the United States and Canada spreading the word about the importance of The Grand March as a powerful mechanism for unifying people of the African Diaspora. He is available for workshops, lectures and performances for schools and other organizations and for family reunions and other social events.

Under the auspices of The National Dance Association, Ross has redefined African-American dance as “cultural dance” rather than “vernacular dance” through his work as an award-winning African-American dance researcher.

 Frank R. Ross is the proud father of daughters Felicia, Wendy and Janelle; and he has two grandchildren, Dalen and Jillian.


This event is included with admission to the Cleveland History Center. To purchase your admission for this date, please click here.