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Rod Rodgers, groundbreaking modern dance choreographer, dancer, teacher, and spokesman for black artists, died on March 24. He was 63. Rodgers grew up in Detroit and arrived in New York in 1962. He studied with Erick Hawkins, Mary Anthony, and Hanya Holm and danced with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. He founded the racially integrated Rod Rodgers Dance Company in the 1960s, and the group is still in existence. Some of Rodgers's works were inspired by noted black artists and activists, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Duke Ellington, and Langston Hughes. But he created choreography that did not conform to black dance stereotypes. Rodgers was also an accomplished percussionist, photographer, and graphic designer.
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Publication:Dance Magazine
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Date:Jun 1, 2002
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