Danyale Taylor was elected president of the Black College Dance Exchange. The organization was founded in 1981 at Norfolk State University in Virginia to foster the study of dance and dance training at historically Black colleges and universities.
Taylor is the artistic and executive director of the Classic Dance Ensemble at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of fine arts degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
During her tenure as president, Taylor hopes to increase membership in the organization and to improve the quality of dance instruction at HBCUs. “Most HBCUs don’t have dance as a major or minor,” Taylor reports. “They just have dance classes and/or a dance group. I would like to see that change.”