DANCING ON THE AIR:Teenarama Story

$4,650 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 29 months

Teenarama Dance Party Host Bob King interviews Dee Dee Sharp ("Mash Potato Time") (circa 1964)

James Brown on the Teenarama Dance Party television show (circa 1964)

Teens dancing on the original Teenarama Dance Party television show (circa 1963)

Documentary producer, Beverly Lindsay-Johnson ("Dance Party: The Teenarama Story") and playwright, Jiiko Ozimba Caldwell ("North Capitol: The Musical") in fiscal sponsorship with Teenarama Incorporated (a 501 c3 non profit organization)is developing a theatrical produced inspired by the African American teen television show "The Teenarama Dance Party". 

Teenarama was produced and aired on WOOK-TV in Washington, DC from 1963-1970.  Teenarama has been labeled the "precursor to Soul Train" as it featured some of the best teen dancers and performances by the top R&B artists of the day such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Jackson, Martha & The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Kim Weston and more.  

"DANCING ON THE AIR" is inspired by the Emmy Award winning documentary "Dance Party: The Teenarama Story" produced by Beverly Lindsay-Johnson and the late Herb Grimes. The documentary  aired on 100 PBS stations.  The story of the Teenarama Dance Party is not only historic but deserving of a theatrical production in continuing the legacy of African Americans creating a dance television show for African Americans who were not allowed to dance on white teen television shows because of racial segregation in this era.  

The production team of Beverly Lindsay-Johnson, Jiiko Caldwell, and fiscal sponsorship of Teenarama Incorporated (made up of people who once danced on the original  Teenarama Dance Party television show), are in need of financial support to stage this special theatrical production in the fall of 2019 in Washington, DC. The production will be staged at THEARC Theater in Southeast Washington, DC. 

We need to raise $60,000  at this time for script development, booking the theater, hiring a Dramaturg (a consultant who makes certain the story is told correctly along with the set pieces, clothing and languge of the era), set design, cast, administrative costs, music licensing (for published music included in the play such as James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Major Lance, etc.) and more.

"DANCING ON THE AIR" will mean so much the  community and to those who have fond memories of the show.  It is a story that deserves national recognition.

You can donate as little as $20 or as much as your heart will allow you to donate.  Your donation is tax deductible.  


$99.00 or less - "THE MILES LONG SANDWICH CREW" - Your name will be listed as a supporter in the Playbill and on the official website.

$100.00 - $499.00 - "WOOK COOKERS/WOOKIE COOKIES" - Same as THE MILES LONG SANDWICH CREW" plus an invitation to one (1) stage reading of the script. 

$500.00 - $999.00 - "RATE THE RECORD CREW" - Same as WOOK COOKERS/WOOKIE COOKIES plus one (1) pair of complimentary tickets to the premier. 

$1,000 - $4,999.00 - Same as the RATE THE RECORD CREW PLUS A SPECIAL INVITATION FOR 2 TO THE "By Invitation Only" Premier After Party.

We appreciate in advance for your donation and your support.  You can visit the Facebook page at "The Teenarama Dance Party" or  www.dancepartytheteenaramastory.com   

Photo: Yvonne Mills on the set of the Teenarama Dance Party (circa 1964) Photo credit: Jay Bruder

Teens dancing on The Teenarama Dance Party on Jackie Wilson Day (Circa 1964) 

Focus Group led by Playwright Jiiko Caldwell with previous Teenarama Dance Party dancers. Caldwell is hearing first hand stories for script development.  

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Need a tax deduction for 2018? The theatrical production, "Dancing on the Air: The Teenarama Story" is continuing its development. Continued funding is critical to reach the goal of premiering on the stage in 2019. Won't you donate from your heart to preserve the legacy of the historic Teenarama Dance Party teen television dance show created for African American teens in Washington, DC (1963-1970) on WOOK-TV. All donations are tax deductible through Teenarama Incorporated, a 501C3 non-profit organization. You can make your donation through GoFundme or by check made payable to "Teenarama Incorporated" P.O. Box 71184, Washington, DC 20024 BEFORE December 31, 2018. Happy Holidays!
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The first staged script reading for "Dancing On The Air: The Teenarama Story" held at the Kennedy Center's "Page to Stage New Play Festival" on September 1 was a resounding success! An awesome script by Playwright Jiiko Ozimba. Now moving on to staging the formal theatrical production. However, we still need production and administrative funds. Won't you assist us in making this dream a reality? Donate today.
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"DANCING ON THE AIR: THE TEENARAMA STORY" has been selected for the Kennedy Center's "Page To Stage Festival" September 2018. The Page to Stage Festival includes selected theatrical productions that are in the development stage (not quite ready for premiering). The selected plays will hold informal script readings during the festival.

"DANCING ON THE AIR" will be staging its first script reading (actors with script in hand).
Saturday, September 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

We are in critical need of funding to manage the "Page To Stage" event. We want to make a great impression on our first public appearance.

We are in need of raising $2,000 between now and August 31st. $25 FROM AT LEAST 80 PEOPLE WILL MAKE OUR GOAL.

I hope you will support this important production which preserves the legacy of an important part of African American history and culture.
1) GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/teenaramathemusica or

Donations are tax deductible. This is an ambitious project which can come to life with your help.
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Hello WOOK Cookers, WOOKIE Cookies and lovers of music and dance history! The musical production of "Teenarama: The Musical" is still in development. Also, we continue to locate people who once danced on the original Teenarama Dance Party program on WOOK-TV in Washington, DC (1963-1970). We've even located actor Leon Isaac Kennedy who was a host on the show when he was 19 years old and also had a radio show on WOOK, "Leon The Lover" in 1968. It is still extremely important for us to reach out for funding support so this theatrical production can be staged. Whatever donation your heart can make would be greatly appreciated. For giving levels, please go to a previous posting. Be a part of history.
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Raised by 44 people in 29 months
Created September 29, 2016
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Hal Keshner
1 month ago

This story must be told.

James W Preston, Sr
1 month ago

I am donating to this worthy cause because it's a part of our history that need not be forgotten. I urge everyone to donate something even as little as $20, and suggest to your circle of friends to do the same. The television broadcast of Teenarama Dance Party on UHF Channel 14 on WOOK-TV in Wash. D.C. was a significant period in African American history and culture.

Beverly Lindsay-Johnson
1 month ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you for your generous donation.

Howard Robins
1 month ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you for your generous donation. You are now a part of the "Miles Long Sandwich Crew" giving level.

James Daughtridge
2 months ago

I am supporting Ms. Johnson for the splendid for the splendid work she is doing.

Kahlita Morgan
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you, Ms. Morgan, for your generous donation. You are now part of the "Miles Long Sandwich Crew" giving level!

Sylvia L. Simmons
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you for your generous donation. You are part of the "WOOK Cookers/WOOKIE Cookies" giving level

Theodore Life
2 months ago

I donated because I know you Beverly and congratulations!

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