Highlights and Milestones
♦ 1st national/international organization responsible for preserving and promoting dance by people of African decent.
♦ Internationally recognized political forum, networking for administrators, educators, choreographers, and dancers.
♦ Yearly conferences that feature and highlight classes with master artists of African descent.
♦ Nationally recognized political forum for addressing critical issues and concerns.
♦ Yearly conferences with 200% growth pattern evident in over seven locales across the country.
♦ Brought in artists globally (Peru, Australia, South America, Switzerland, Africa, England, Virgin Islands, Caribbean, Bermuda, and Canada).
♦ Published choreographers directory.
♦ Annually published newsletters on current membership events, national trends, and dance updates.
♦ Published journal of articles by the membership of scholars, artists, and educators.
♦ Inter-generational dialogue between dance pioneers and students throughout the nation.
♦ Nurtured dialogue between companies of different art forms.
♦ Developed and established reciprocal relationships with Dance/USA and other organizations throughout the United States of America.
♦ Established archives with the National Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Wilberforce, Ohio, Afro American Historical Museum in Philadelphia, PA, and Howard University, Moorland-Spingarn Library, Washington, DC.
♦ Increased visibility and credibility of conference host companies, choreographers, and artists in their communities.
♦ Consistently and continually working with artists, companies, and choreographers to support their works in their community.
♦ Committed to documenting and addressing our aesthetics in dance.
♦ Technical assistance to companies becoming presenters within their communities and across the country.
♦ Created opportunities for joint ventures for companies, choreographers, and universities throughout the country.
♦ Established a scholarship-training program for dancers throughout the IABD membership.
♦ Established emergency fund for IABD artists and companies.
♦ Developed first multi-company dance audition across the nation.
30th Annual International Conference and Festival • January 24 - 28, 2018
Hosted by Lula Washington Dance Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
31st Annual International Conference and Festival • January 2019
Hosted by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in Dayton, OH
32nd Annual International Conference and Festival • January 2020
To Be Announced
Cumbe is a home for African and Diaspora dance and music. Through classes and cultural programs, we invite everyone to feel the joy and vitality of rhythms rooted in Africa. Cumbe champions African and Diaspora culture as a vibrant legacy for people of African descent and as an exuberant source of power, spirit and knowledge for all. Website: http://cumbedance.org/