... And Rod Rodgers. (News).
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.