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29th Annual Conference and Festival
"Boundless Excellence In Dance"


IABD Conference and Festival

In marking 26 years of serving the Black Dance field, the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) will present its 29th Annual International Conference and Festival, "Boundless Excellence In Dance" in Dallas, TX from January 25 – 29, 2017 hosted by Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Join Dance professionals for this exciting event who represent the broadest gathering of Black Dance professionals in the US and Internationally, including agents, artistic directors, artists, choreographers, company managers, executive directors, historians, presenters, scholars, teachers, and so many others. Register Now!

The Ultimate Dance Experience

Over four days, participants will engage in invaluable professional and networking opportunities. Workshop and Panel Sessions will provide experiential hands-on learning paired with examples of successful new models that reflect the field’s entrepreneurial spirit and will inspire new thinking for a vibrant future for Dance. Performance presentations will also include Dance organizations from around the country and abroad.

Dance for Youth

Teachers, Instructors, Studio Owners – we’ve planned some great activities for you and your students! Dance classes are available for your students and teachers at the Conference and Festival! You will receive instruction from the leading Master Teachers in all genre’s of Dance!

For Professionals and Pre-Professionals

Professional/college and pre-professional dancers can register for the conference and festival package that includes master classes and tickets for the performance presentations. The Conference and Festival also offers a scholarship audition for summer programs and college/university dance programs as well as a multi-dance company audition for professional dance companies in ballet, modern, and contemporary dance.

Early Bird Registration/IABD Members - $425 (through October 31, 2016)

Early Bird Registration/Non-IABD Members - $525 (through October 31, 2016)

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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Awards IABD and NAS funding for Learning Magnet

National Arts Strategies

We would like to thank the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for their $85,000 grant through its Fund for National Projects to support the partnership between The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) and National Arts Strategies (NAS).

NAS and IABD have co-developed a series of educational and leadership development experiences to strengthen the field of dance, specifically focused on Black Dance – The Learning Magnet.

The Learning Magnet brings NAS, the top provider of educational services to the arts sector together with IABD, the backbone supporting Black Dance organizations across the nation. Together, NAS and IABD will provide the tools, ideas and networks that dance organizations need today in order to plan for sustainability and health in the future.

Through action-oriented learning, amplifying stories and connecting participants to peers from across the nation to learn and exchange ideas, The Learning Magnet will strengthen the management and leadership skills of next generation leaders, foster inter-generational dialogue, gain traction on important field-wide issues, increase the level of diversity in field-wide conversations and establish stronger networks and communities of practice amongst Learning Magnet participants.

In discussing goals for the Learning Magnet, chairperson/executive director Denise Saunders Thompson said, “It is critical that the dance field, specifically, and the performing arts field as a whole, acknowledge that culturally specific artists and arts organizations have challenges, circumstances, contexts, needs, histories, etc. that require a distinct and unique sense of camaraderie, community, leadership, networking, solidarity and support that will assist and assess their successful participation within their immediate environments and the larger cultural landscape.” NAS agrees and is committed to working with IABD towards this reality.

We look forward to implementing The Learning Magnet together through November 2017 and are grateful to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for supporting this important work.

About The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The Arts Program of DDCF focuses its support on contemporary dance, jazz and theater artists, and the organizations that nurture, present and produce them. For more information, please visit www.ddcf.org.

About National Arts Strategies

NAS has become the leader in education programs for the arts and culture field. We continue to grow and adapt to best meet the needs of the entire field—artists, grantmakers, cultural entrepreneurs, arts and culture professionals, board members, and executives. For more information, please visit www.artstrategies.org.

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