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“David Garcia’s deftly argued study brings to light how black dance became a defining factor during the high years of Afro-modernism, 1930s to 1950s. Because it emerged from intelligent design, black dance ‘made’ many things: myths of origins, race’s content, and even modernism itself. Garcia treats black dance as a community theater that staged the scramble for an African Diaspora, a movement that was international and with multiple roots and aspirations. Black dance, Garcia teaches us, was more than just a lot of shaking and jumping. It made a world.” — Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr, author of, The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop
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