Produced by: 
711 Precious Places Group (711 S. Broad Street)
9 min 47 sec

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.5 compilation DVD.

The Sydney King School of Dance was one of several neighborhood-based black dance schools founded in Philadelphia during the 1940s, 50s, and early 60s. Responding to the cultural needs of a vibrant post-war black middle class, these studios produced world-recognized dance professionals and fostered a lasting appreciation for the arts. Through interviews with King’s students, this video underscores the role the Sydney King School of Dance played in supporting its West Philadelphia community and shaping the direction of American dance and performance.