The City Artists Corps Showcase at Queens Theatre

Roots to Rap: Evolutions of American Rhythm

October 23, 8:45 PM

Type of event: Dance, Theatre Performance

What happened when enslaved Africans were banned from playing their drums in the American south? Find out on this engaging and interactive journey through 400 years of history as we explore the ideas and innovations that created the blues, jazz, rock & roll, hip-hop and other uniquely American forms of music and dance.

Photograph of Shulman Playhouse
OKRA Logo2 Shireen Dickson
Meet the artists


OKRA DANCE Company’s mission is to enlighten and inspire audiences through culturally and historically diverse programs that weave together myriad world and folk rhythmic dances, and American and African American social and theatrical styles. We are a collective of accomplished professional performing artists-educators of African descent who use movement, music and oral stories to honor and celebrate community traditions and innovations.

OKRA is based in New York City and performs over 50 shows every year throughout the US for youth and multigenerational audiences at schools, libraries, museums, festivals, and theaters.