THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACKS IN DANCE (IABD) has become the Mecca for Blacks in Dance such as administrators, artists, choreographers, dance companies, dance-related personnel, directors, educators, scholars, students, teachers, and those interested in artistry, black dance issues and performance presentations. The Association provides a network, formal newsletters, choreographers directory, published papers and is the raison d’être for the Annual Conference and Festival. The Association also responds to and initiates dialogue around issues that impact the Black Dance Community as well as the Dance community at large. IABD has developed national prominence and allowed the Black dance community to come together on issues important to them.
In 1988, Joan Myers Brown, Founder/Executive Artistic Director along with the Philadanco! staff launched the 1st International Conference on Black Dance Companies as a direct result of an artistic grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts that included assistance from University of the Arts, Entertainment Business Services, the Pennsylvania Arts Council, the City of Philadelphia and the Coalition of African American Cultural Organizations. Eighty professionals attended in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Brown felt that a gathering of the Black dance community would serve not only her needs, but also needs of other Black dance professionals.
Inspired by the convening of the Conference and the possibility of an organization that served the needs of those committed to Black Dance, constituents of the 1990 Denver, CO Conference hosted by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, presented a motion that called for a formalization of an Association. It was determined that each year the conference would rotate from one city to another with a host organization. In 1991, at the Dayton, OH Conference hosted by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Unincorporated Association, The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) was formalized and an Emergency Fund was instituted for IABD artists and companies. During the Association’s first six years, 1988 – 1993, its Founding Organizational Members hosted the annual conference and festival.
The Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance will be the broadest international gathering of Black Dance professionals, agents, artistic directors, artists, choreographers, company managers, executive directors, historians, presenters, scholars, teachers, and many others, and the conference and festival remains the most diverse place to share ideas, cultures and experiences.
09:00 AM-06:00 PM
27 - 31 Jan 2021
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