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THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
BLACKS IN DANCE
ANNOUNCES
THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND
TWO NEW APPOINTMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Association of Blacks in Dance is pleased to announce the addition of three new Next Generation Leaders to the Board of Directors: Ayisha Morgan-Lee, Iquail Shaheed, E. Gaynell Sherrod, Ed.D. The Board provides leadership for carrying out the Association’s mission to preserve and promote dance by people of African ancestry or origin. Additional new Board appointments include Yvonne Walker, Baltimore Dance Tech as Chairperson and Vivine Scarlett, dance Immersion as Secretary of the 2017 Board of Directors.

Yvonne Walker

Yvonne Walker, Board Chair

Vivine Scarlett

Vivine Scarlett, Secretary

Ayisha Morgan-Lee

Ayisha Morgan-Lee

Iquail Shaheed

 Iquail Shaheed

E Gaynell Sherrod

E. Gaynell Sherrod, Ed.D.

 “I am excited to welcome Ayisha, Iquail, and Gaynell to the Board of Directors,” says Denise Saunders Thompson, President and CEO. “Each of them brings deep knowledge and passion for the dance field and the desire to envision an ambitious future for the Association to meet the Black dance community’s growing needs. We are very fortunate to have them on the Board as we continue to strengthen the Association."


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SAVE THE DATE
30TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL
JANUARY 23 - 28, 2018

IABD

LOS ANGELES, CA - Lula Washington Dance Theatre, celebrating a 37-year commitment and contribution to dance in Los Angeles, welcomes the 30th Annual International Conference and Festival Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) in Los Angeles, CA from January 23 – 28, 2018. Performances by world-renowned dance companies will be open to the public and feature some of most prominent individuals on the global dance stage as well as emerging artists.

The IABD Conference and Festival is a magnet for those committed to the rich history and contributions of Black dance performance and artistry - representing an exemplary gathering of national and international Black dance professionals, including artists, artistic directors, choreographers, company managers, educators, executive directors, historians, presenters, scholars, aspiring students of all ages, and supporters of the dance arts.

Over the course of five days, participants will engage in extensive networking and performance opportunities, as well as numerous workshop and panel sessions - providing experiential hands-on learning paired with examples of successful programs reflecting the field’s entrepreneurial spirit, inspiring a renewed focus on the vibrant future of dance.  Each evening, there will be a concert featuring performers of every skill level from performing arts schools and universities, as well as semi-professional and professional dance companies.

There will be numerous Master Dance Classes, including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, liturgical, hip hop, and African, taught by top dancers and choreographers from around the world. The weekend concludes with auditions for the summer programs of major university dance programs and dance companies, as well as an audition for professional dancers seeking to become part of a major dance company and, a ballet audition specifically for women and men of color.

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