Conference FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions
about the IABD Conference and Festival

Q: What is the purpose of this Conference and Festival?

A: The IABD Conference and Festival is dedicated to preserving and promoting dance by people of African ancestry or origin, and assists and increases opportunities for artists in networking, funding, performance, education, audience development, philosophical dialogue, touring and advocacy. The International Association of Blacks in Dance is a membership based association, which provides a network, formal newsletters, choreographers directory, published papers and is the raison d’tre 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 community at large.

Q: Do I have to be a member of the IABD in order to attend the Conference and Festival?

A: No, you don’t.  IABD Association will however, be actively seeking membership for IABD at the conference and festival.

Q: What are the benefits of membership to the IABD?

A: For full details concerning IABD membership, please visit the Membership section of this website.

Q: What can I expect at the IABD Conference and Festival?

A: Four awe inspiring days filled with Master classes, panels, workshops, lecture/demonstrations, performances from Internationally renowned companies, off-site activities, a multi-company audition in modern contemporary dance and ballet, networking events and being surrounded by your peers and pioneers of the Black Dance Community.

Q: How can I register for the IABD Conference and Festival?

A: The International Association of Blacks in Dance will be processing all Conference Registrations, please contact them directly at (202) 899-3859. You can purchase full conference registrations through the website. Please visit the website at

Q: Who can attend this Conference and Festival?

A: Anyone and everyone who is passionate about Dance. The fact that you are on IABD’s website would certainly put you in that category, don’t you think? The IABD Board of Directors is calling on the IABD Membership to be an essential part of the Welcoming Committee for our national and international guests.  We need to present them with our most gracious selves, which naturally leads to our need for experienced Volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Conference and Festival please complete the volunteer application, contact our offices and/or email us, at and please put Volunteer in the title of your message. Thank you greatly!