:: 26th Annual Dance Conference & Festival ::
January 16 – 19, 2014 | Dallas, TX
Hosted by Dallas Black Dance Theatre
About The Conference
In marking 26 years of serving the Black Dance field, the International Association of Blacks in Dance will host its 26th annual conference in Dallas, Texas from January 16 – 19, 2014. Join Dance professionals for this exciting event who represent the broadest gathering of Black Dance professionals in the US and Internationally, including executive directors, artistic directors, company managers, choreographers, artists, presenters, teachers, historians, agents, and so many others.
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 showcases will also include Dance organizations from around the country and abroad.
IABD Honors Virginia Johnson and Milton Myers
Milton Myers received his BFA from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He was a founding member, performer and assistant to the director with the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Milton, upon the death of Joyce Trisler, was also the artistic director of the Joyce Trisler Danscompany for seven years. He has taught for Ballet Hispanico, New Danish Dance Theatre, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Bat-Dor, Batsheva, Kansas City Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s Male Swan Lake Company on Broadway, Ballet Stagium in Sao-Paulo, Brizil, Danny Grossman Company and Ballet Creole in Canada. He is a profession instructor for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and has been an instructor and resident choreographer for the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) since 1986.
Milton has been an Artist-in Residence at the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts. Brown University, Howard University in Washington DC, the New York LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in Canada, and the Dance Masters at Wesleyan University. He has been on faculty at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, City College of New York, Marymount Manhattan College and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Milton is currently on faculty at the Juilliard School being the first Horton teacher and first African American male on dance faculty, the Ailey Fordham University program, Steps studios and Peridance in N.Y.C. He is preparing to return to the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival where he has been director of the modern and contemporary programs for twenty-seven years.
Milton teaches extensively throughout Europe, Israel, South America, Canada and the United States. He has taught at several prominent festivals in Vienna, Moscow, Paris, Germany, Italy, Greece, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, South Africa and Israel. Milton has choreographed for the Trisler Danscompany, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, AileyⅡ, Carmen de lavallade, Judith Jamison, New Danish Dance Theatre, Philadanco, Kansas City Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Cleo Parker-Robinson Dance, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Wylliams Henry Dance Theatre, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Ballet Creole and various universities in the United States.
Milton was commissioned to choreograph Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert for Philadanco and the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, the 155th anniversary of the Philadelphia Orchestra with Philadanco at Academy of Music and for AileyⅡ and Jessye Norman at Carnegie Hall. His choreography has earned him recognition and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council, CAPS Choreography Award (funded by the Rockefeller Foundation), Phillip Morris New Works Fund, Dance USA/Philadelphia Dance Alliance and Jacob’s Pillow.