Conference and Festival

:: 30th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance ::
January 23 – 28, 2018 |  Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by Lula Washington Dance Theatre


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About the Conference and Festival

In marking 27 years of serving the Black Dance field, the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) will host its 30th Annual International Conference and Festival in Los Angeles, CA from January 23 – 28, 2018 (Pre-Conference: January 23 - 24; Conference and Festival: January 25 - 28). 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.


Dance Mogul Magazine | International Association of Blacks in Dance 2015 ReCap


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 scholarship auditions 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.

Our Sponsors

The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc. and Lula Washington Dance Theatre gratefully acknowledge and thank the Sponsors, Community Partners, and Contributors for their generous support of the 30th Annual International Conference and Festival.

As an essential part of its commitment to dance, Lula Washington Dance Theatre will bring the IABD Conference and Festival to Los Angeles, CA in 2018. This marks the 30th Anniversary of the Conference and Festival which has become a mecca for many in the field of dance and those interested in the rich history and contributions of Black dance performance and artistry.