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Bringing awareness to the history of black dance in Atlanta as a community force.



Our first documentary FIVE STORIES premiered last August at the Historic Underground Atlanta. The Atlanta Dance Community came together for one night only embracing the stories that have been passed down orally but now finally documented.

Motivated by her own Atlanta Dance memories, dancer and photographer Shoccara Marcus took viewers on a journey down memory lane. What is the impact of black artists in Atlanta?

This documentary disclosed the significance of the first Black studio in the Atlanta dance community and what impact the dance community had on the community at large.

  From Barbara Sullivan, Billie Gaither, Norma B. Mitchell, Spelman’s Children’s Theater, and Valjean Grigsby, this story brought awareness to their history, their struggles and their reason for being a force in the arts community.

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DANCE STORIES ATL, a documentary created by two Howard University Bison, Shoccara Marcus and Tamara Irving bridging the gap with the history of dance and the black dance community of Atlanta, Ga.

The screening of Five Stories documentary


Your help will

  • support the next documentary 

  • hire students/interns as part of research team   

  • will increase the awareness of our dance history 

Dance Stories ATL is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas,

a non-profit arts service organization.

Contributions for the charitable purposes of Dance Stories ATL must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are

tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Screening of FIVE STORIES


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