Dance students at Alabama State University (photo by Sharisma Bell, courtesy James Atkinson)

Remember that time Beyoncé decided to slay our entire lives with a HERstory-making Coachella set? That epic performance—which we're still trying to recreate in our bathroom mirrors—was inspired by the vibrant homecoming traditions at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

HBCUs give students a college experience that honors black history and community. And they play a major role in developing emerging black talent, especially in the dance world. We spoke with students and alumni from Alabama State University, Coppin State University, and Howard University about their experiences studying dance at HBCUs.

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