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JANUARY 2017
IABD RECAP, DALLAS, TX

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THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
BLACKS IN DANCE

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

SPOTLIGHT: WHAT AILEY'S HOPE BOYKIN SAYS TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T THINK DANCE IS A "REAL JOB"
By Dance Magazine
Photo by Richard Calmes, Courtesy AAADT
HOPE BOYKIN

It may be her eighteenth season with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, but Hope Boykin is showing no signs of slowing down. Not only is she one of the company's most striking performers, but she's proven that she's a choreographer with something to say. The company will dance her powerful 2016 work, r-Evolution, Dream. again during its New York City Center season, which begins tomorrow.

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DANCE MAGAZINE AWARDEE: RENNIE HARRIS
By Charmaine Patricia Warren
Photo by Osamu Inoue, Courtesy Harris

Rennie Harris

It makes sense that Dance Magazine long ago dubbed Rennie (Lorenzo) Harris the "high priest of hip hop." When the often shy, Philadelphia-born choreographer founded his company Rennie Harris Puremovement in 1992, he planted a prodigious seed in the dance world. Then and now, Harris' mission has been to examine, preserve and share the culture of hip hop, decisively away from the commercially exploited view.

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ICON: PHILADANCO'S BROWN SPENDS HER BLOOD AND MONEY TO RUN HER RENOWNED DANCE COMPANY
By Ellen Dunkel / The Inquirer / Philly.com
Photo by Michael Bryant
Updated: November 3, 2017

Joan Myers Brown

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Joan Myers Brown is not just the founder of Philadanco, the Philadelphia modern dance company. She also has made it flourish with vast amounts of heart, talent, and even cash. In a world where dance companies invariably struggle for dollars, Brown has kept her troupe going for 47 years. A resident company of the Kimmel Center, her group has received a steady stream of accolades, forging a reputation as one of the nation’s leading modern-dance companies. 

For all these reasons and more, Brown has been chosen as a member of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Business Hall of Fame in recognition of her professional achievements. “She’s a national icon,” said Brenda Dixon Gottschild, author of Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina. She has really fostered a unique aesthetic that I see as very particular to this incredible city that we live in.”

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WOMAN SEES BIG CHANGES IN LAS VEGAS'S BLACK DANCE SCENE
By Kailyn Brown / Las Vegas Review Journal
October 30, 2017 - 1:23 pm

Vikki Baltimore-Dale

Las Vegas, NV - When Vikki Baltimore-Dale moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in the early 1980s, the black dance scene was much different. She moved after friend LaVerne Ligon suffered a knee injury that required surgery. Ligon — a former dance captain for the first all-black chorus line of showgirls in Donn Arden’s Strip productions “Hallejuah Hollywood!” (1973), which turned into “Jubilee!” (1981) — said she had to look outside the Las Vegas area to find a black dancer. That’s partly because shows that incorporated black dancers were uncommon, and in those that did, the parts were often specialized. That surprised Baltimore-Dale, who had performed the role of “Sophisticated Lady” in the 1976 Broadway musical “Bubbling Brown Sugar,” was cast as “The Green Lady” in the 1978 film “The Wiz” and was accustomed to seeing black dancers.

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IABD AUDITIONS
LOS ANGELES, CA
JAN 27 - 28, 2018

IABD AUDITIONSLOS ANGELES, CA – IABD announces its annual AUDITIONS as part of the 30th International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance in Los Angeles, California hosted by Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Auditions are scheduled Saturday, January 27 - Sunday, January 28 in the areas of - Ballet Auditions for Women and Men of Color, Multi-Dance Company, and Summer Intensive/ Scholarship training (IABD membership required). All auditions will take place at Lula Washington Dance Theatre Studios. Audition fees range from $20 - $35 and are non-refundable. Dance organizations throughout the U.S. will be in attendance. PLEASE REGISTER FOR ALL AUDITIONS IN ADVANCE.

For more information, CLICK HERE

30TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL
HONORS QUEEN OF SWING
NORMA MILLER

LOS ANGELES, CA – The 30th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance will descend on Los Angeles, California “Honoring Legacies: Past, Present, and Future.” Queen of Swing, Norma Miller will be honored with the Association’s Founder’s Award at the conference’s Awards Luncheon. The conference and festival will take place January 23-28, 2018 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, 6101 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Ms. Miller will also appear on panels throughout the conference and festival.

Norma MillerThe Founder’s Award is a highly prestigious award presented annually to one distinguished individual who has made a major contribution in the field of Dance. The award is presented to an individual who is one of a kind, exemplifies the spirit and ideals of the founder of the organization, and has rendered selfless and distinguished service in our community. The Founder’s award recognizes exceptional choreography, performance, and uniqueness of the Dance Artists creative voice and their significant contributions. This award recipient has demonstrated a genuine commitment to the mission of IABD and its philosophy which emphasizes the continued responsibility of “carrying the torch” by preserving and promoting dance by people of African ancestry or origin.

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CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL
VENDOR AND VOLUNTEER
OPPORTUNITIES
STILL AVAILABLE

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. For more information regarding vendor and volunteer opportunities, CLICK HERE.

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