Deborah Vaughan | KALW

Deborah Vaughan

Edward Miller

This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with members of Dimensions Dance Theater (DDT), the oldest continuously operating African American dance company on the West Coast. Founding Artistic Director Deborah Vaughan, and choreographer Latanya Tigner join us in the studio to share details about Kick High, Turn Fast, a program with two world premieres, marking DDT’S 45th anniversary.

Jen Chien


The pulse of drums spills out onto the street from an upper window of the Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts, a big Art Deco building in the Lakeside district of Oakland. Up on the third floor, a battery of eight drummers is lined up against one wall of a large dance studio, vibrating the air with their music.