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The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) has become the Mecca for Blacks in Dance such as artists, dance companies, directors, choreographers, those interested in black dance issues, performance showcases, and artistry.

The Association was founded in 1988 by Joan Myers Brown of Philadanco. Joan brought together dance companies, teachers, historians, educators, choreographers and dancers to discuss common issues, needs and problems and to support each other in addressing those concerns. Today, IABD provides a network, formal newsletters, choreographers directory, published papers and is the raison d’ệtre for the annual conference. The Association also responds to and initiates dialogue around issues that impact the Black Dance Community as well as the community at large.

The IABD Conference has become the convergence of ideas and interaction not only for the dance community, but also for those who serve the black community, especially the black critics association and educators.

Upcoming IABD Conference Schedule

2011 Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Los Angeles, California, Jan. 27-30, 2011
2012 Dance Immersion, Toronto, Canada
2013 DC Youth Ensemble, Baltimore Dance Tech, Howard University, Washington, DC
2014 To Be Announced

Contact Information


For questions regarding IABD, please e-mail us at:

For more information regarding IABD, please contact:
Denise Saunders Thompson, Chairperson
P.O. Box 1544
Washington, DC 20013
(202) 806-7512