4:18 PM / Sunday July 3, 2022

14 Nov 2010

711, a Black dance tribute by Karen Warrington will air on WHYY

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
November 14, 2010 Category: Local Posted by:

711, a Black dance tribute, video produced and directed by Karen Warrington, will air on WHYY TV12 – Sunday, Nov 14, 10:30 PM and on Y-Arts – Monday, Nov 22, 8:30 PM.


711 tells the story of Black dance in segregated post-war Philadelphia. The video primarily focuses on 711 S. Broad Street in South Philadelphia where for more than four decades a trio of Black dance pioneers (Essie Marie Dorsey, Marian Cuyjet and Sydney King) trained hundreds of Black children in the art of a smorgasbord of dance techniques. 711 was produced as a part of the Scribe Video Center 2010 Precious Places series.



The too long ignored Sydney King, now in her 90s is featured prominently in the video as she recounts her early dance training under the tutelage of Dorsey and her goal to train Black ballerinas. She also recounts her pairing with famed teacher Marian Cuyjet as they opened a dance school at the location in 1946.


Dance professionals such as Joan Myers Brown, the founder and director of the much acclaimed Philadelphia Dance Company and La Deva Davis, who heads up the dance program at the Philadelphia Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School recount their early days as students at 711 and the impact the training and experience has had on their lives.


Also featured in the video, are the stories of dancer and choreographer Richard Moten and dance scholar Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, a former director of the dance department at Temple University.


Warrington who began her dance career at the Sydney King School of Dance at the age of 7 says the film is not only a labor of artistic love but it is also an attempt to tell the overlooked stories of the Black dance pioneers in Philadelphia who paved the way for the outstanding Black dancers of today. Warrington and anthropologist Maris Gillette, who served as the editor of the project, say while the video recounts the experience in segregated Philadelphia, it is emblematic of the stories of Black dancers of the period in urban areas throughout the country.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News


Just the beginning

July 1, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Over 150,000 people from around the country participated in the Mass Poor Peoples...


The fine print

July 1, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email While we do need to pay attention to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s...


Community College of Philadelphia to pay off $1.4 million in outstanding student account balances

June 17, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Community College of Philadelphia announced that it will pay off more than $1.4...

Color Of Money

Americans still have financial goals, just not sure how they will reach them

June 24, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT If you have a vision for where you’d like to be financially...


Takeaways: Trump’s mind ‘made up’ on fraud ahead of Jan. 6

June 17, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: A video exhibit plays as the House select committee investigating the...

Go With The-Flo

Sherri Shepherd’s talk show, “Sherri,” to air in place of former “The Wendy Williams Show”

June 17, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Sherri Shepherd (Photo: s_bukley / Shutterstock) By Flo Anthony After 13...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff