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In week 3 of Dd’s Book Club, The Rest is Noise takes us deep into American music history (discussion post coming later this week). In honor of Fourth of July, I present to you “On Emancipation Day“, from In Dahomey, by Will Marion Cook. (Perfect for your bbq playlist, click to download song with verse)

Our cyber book club can be joined at any time. You can read on our schedule or your own, and post at anytime. If you haven’t yet, here is how you can get involved:

1. Get the book.

2. Read Chapters 1 and 2 and then post in our Week 1 Discussion.

3. Read Chapter 3 and then post in our Week 2 Discussion. (Week 1 was so lively, and Week 2 needs some love!)

4. Read Chapters 4 and 5 and then post tomorrow in our Week 3 Discussion.

5. Read Chapters 6 and 7 and email me topics, questions, links, and/or videos that will add to our discussion and I will put them directly into next week’s post.

Happy Independence Day!


Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.