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Brother Thomas DeFrantz

Dance Educator
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Thomas F. DeFrantz of Durham is a dance educator who directs SLIPPAGE: Performance | Culture | Technology, a research group that explores emerging technology in live performance. He received the 2017 Outstanding Research in Dance award from the Dance Studies Association. Brother DeFrantz is also a Consultant for the Smithsonian Museum of African American Life and Culture, contributing concept and voice-over for a permanent installation on Black Social Dance that opened with the museum in 2016. He is the author or co-author of Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American CultureBlack Performance TheoryChoreography and Corporeality: Relay in Motion, and Routledge Companion to African American Theater and Performance.  He has created works commissioned by Theater Offensive of Boston, Detroit Institute for the Arts; and the Nasher Museum. In 2013, working with Takiyah Nur Amin, DeFrantz founded the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance.

Brother Thomas F. DeFrantz is a charter member of Theta Chapter, serving Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina.