IABD 2020


Awards Celebration | 2020 Annual International Conference and Festival


32nd Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance
Ronne Arnold, Marian Godfrey, Kavin T. Grant, Derrick Minter and Dr. Glory Van Scott

(October 4, 2020) Philadelphia, PA - In marking 29 years of serving the Black Dance field, The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) will host its 32nd Annual International Conference and Festival in Philadelphia, PA from January 14-19, 2020, in partnership with Philadanco!, The Philadelphia Dance Company.

On Saturday, January 18th, IABD will honor five distinguished individuals who have made outstanding achievements in the art of Dance and who are highly respected for their professional accomplishments. These award recipients will be acknowledged and honored for their service during the Founders and Invited Guests Performance and Awards Celebration at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, PA. These five honorees who will be celebrated for their work that has advanced the art of Dance, enhanced the rich cultural landscape and legacy of the art form and inspired audiences and artists are Ronne Arnold, Marian A. Godfrey, Kavin T. Grant, Derrick Minter and Dr. Glory Van Scott.

 Ronne Arnold: International Acclaim Legendary Artist Award  

IABD Honoree Ronne ArnoldThe International Acclaim Legendary Artist Award is given to an individual who exhibits exemplary dedication to the field of Black dance. This award honors legendary work in choreography, performance, education, and academia in the international field. This honoree is honored for professional presence and commitment to the Aboriginal and Black dance sector.


Ronne Arnold studied dance at the Philadelphia Dance Academy, where he attended classes in classical, modern, primitive, and Hindu dancing. He also attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy, from which he gained a B.A. in Music, majoring in Dance. Arnold first came to Australia for Garnet Carroll in 1960 to appear in the musical “West Side Story.” In 1967, Arnold founded the Australian Contemporary Dance Company, later the Contemporary Dance Company of Australia, which he directed until 1972. He was also dance coordinator for Bangarra Dance Theatre's tour to Indonesia in 1991. From 1986 until 2003 Arnold taught in various capacities at National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA), including academic course director.


Learn more about Ronne Arnold here



 Marian A. Godfrey: Reginald Van Lee Outstanding Philanthropy Award


IABD Honoree Marian Godfrey
The Reginald Van Lee Outstanding Philanthropy Award is given to an individual who exhibits dedication to the Dance field through philanthropic activities. This award recipient has demonstrated special service to the Black dance field through their decades of dedication, philanthropic gifts, and wise diplomacy.

Marian A. Godfrey is a graduate of Radcliffe College and Yale University School of Drama. She has worked as a manager, consultant, grant-maker and advocate for artists and the arts for more than 40 years. She currently serves as a cultural advisor to the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in Sheffield, MA. She is the founding chair of the National Arts Policy Roundtable convened by Americans for the Arts and the Sundance Institute; a current member of the Boards of Directors of the League of American Orchestras, the Poetry Foundation, Beth Morrison Projects and TDC, a management consulting organization; and serves on the Editorial Board for the Yale School of Drama’s on-line Knowledge Base.


 Learn more about Marian A. Godfrey here.


Kavin T. Grant: IABD Inspirational Artist Award, posthumously 


IABD Honoree Kavin GrantThe Inspirational Artist Award is given to an artist who has deepened and extended dances' value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation. This award recipient has demonstrated outstanding work as an entrepreneur, performer and educator across the country.


Kavin T. Grant received his BFA in Dance with departmental honors and a minor in sociology from Jacksonville University and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance with a concentration in Choreography and Performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Grant was the 2012 recipient of the Rose Vernick Artistic Transformation Award. He was the Founder and Artistic Director for A Rhythm Nation (House of Nations, Inc.) in Jacksonville, FL, and Founder and CEO of A Kavin Grant Productions and Entertainment, Inc., for the visual and performing arts. Mr. Grant was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Alabama State University.


Learn more about Kavin Grant here


 Derrick Minter: IABD Inspirational Artist Award, posthumously


IABD Honoree Derrick MinterThe Inspirational Artist Award is given to an artist who has deepened and extended dances' value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation. This award recipient has dedicated years to dance performance and education and has helped to inspire a new generation of dancers both at home and abroad. 


Derrick Minter graduated from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Minor in Broadcast Journalism. After graduating from OU he moved to New York and performed with Alvin Ailey II, Martha Graham Ensemble, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater (now Deeply Rooted), Rioult Dance Company and Milton Myers Dance Company among others. Mr. Minter served as Rehearsal Director for Ailey II for several years and as Artistic Director for Ailey Camp in Staten Island, NY. He was a Professor of Dance at the University of Oklahoma and a dance instructor with the Metropolitan School of Dance, Oklahoma City, OK.


Learn more about Derrick Minter here


Dr. Glory Van Scott: IABD Scholar Award


IABD Honoree Dr. Glory Van ScottThe Scholar Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates outstanding achievements and whose contributions in the academic and research areas of Dance deserve acknowledgment. This award honors the scholarly artist’s importance to the cultural fabric of the Black dance community and the impact their research has on the Dance field.


 Dr. Glory Van Scott earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Goddard College, and her Doctor of Philosophy from Antioch College's Union Graduate School. For ten years Van Scott taught Theater at Bucknell University’s Pennsylvania School for the Arts, and later, Theater As Social Change at Fordham University. Van Scott became a Breadloaf Writers Scholar and the author of eight musicals including “Miss Truth.” Van Scott served as coordinator for WNET’s “Dance in America - Katherine Dunham: Devine Drum Beats” in 2000 and produced The Katherine Dunham Gala at Carnegie Hall. Van Scott, was immortalized in bronze by Elizabeth Catlett in 1981, and was awarded the first Katherine Dunham Legacy Award in 2002.


Learn more about Dr. Glory Van Scott here