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Preserve the Heritage...Embrace the Experience!
Preserve the Heritage...
Embrace the Experience!

Dance, Durham, Dance: Celebrating Durham 150!

Hayti Heritage Center presents Dance Durham Dance –

a re-creation of the live music and dance scene of the historic Hayti neighborhood.

This event celebrates the 150th anniversary of the City of Durham’s incorporation. It will also kick off Hayti’s connection to downtown Durham’s monthly 3rd Friday art events. Dance Durham Dance takes place at Hayti on October 18th from 6 pm to midnight.

Dance, Durham, Dance will activate Hayti’s entire space in a block party-style atmosphere, with AfroPop Nation featuring, Soca, Afrobeat, live drumming & dancing, vendors, and food trucks on the outside.

And on the inside, the event will showcase the history of Durham’s Black arts scene through music and dance. In Dance Durham Dance, live jazz and R&B music will provide a backdrop for the lindy hop, line dance, the twist and the slow drag — some of the popular dances prominent in the Durham social scene between the ‘50s and ‘80s. Hayti’s community room and gallery will transport guests to a time that was transformational in Durham’s history thru an art exhibit & live performance.


The Hayti Heritage Center was awarded a $2000 grant from the Durham 150 fund.

In honor of Dance Durham Dance, the Center will launch a $5,000 campaign to raise matching monies for the Chuck Davis Endowment fund which is a part of Hayti’s 2019 #GivingTuesday Campaign, to update Hayti’s Chuck Davis Dance Emporium.

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