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Ebony II

Ebony II is a student-run dance company open to beginners, experienced dancers, and everyone in between. All dance styles are welcomed. Each term the company performs student choreography in a performance open to the entire campus (and attended by most of campus too).


Ebony II was created by Debra McCray in January of 1973 for a Black History Week Observance program at Carleton. It was named Ebony II in reference to the hard dark wood and Debra's sophomore year at Carleton. Ebony II was Carleton's first student-run dance organization with a modern-jazz focus. The small company, origrinally 20 black students, first performed in April of 1974, and the toured with Carleton's black choir Inspirational Movement from 1974-1976 traveling all over Minnesota.

Since the 1970s, Ebony II has grown to include all dance forms, students off all backgrounds, and now has about 200 dancers each term.