IABD 2020


Call for Performances | 2020 Annual International Conference and Festival


The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), the service organization for dancers of color, announces five (5) performance dance presentations, at the heart of the conference and festival.

This application is for a dance performance opportunity at the 32nd Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance in Philadelphia, PA. Please submit an application for performance opportunities at the Theater at the Merriam Theater. Deadline to submit is Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11pm EST.

Dance artists and companies as well as ensembles affiliated with colleges, conservatories, high schools, professional companies, studios, or universities are encouraged to apply. Performance opportunities are available to IABD Members who have held membership for two (2) consecutive years. Submission of your application does not guarantee a performance opportunity.

Performance Opportunities:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 7:30 PM

TECH - Wednesday morning, January 15, 2020

Philly, Friends and Collegiate Performance Presentation at the Merriam Theater (IABD Members & Invited Guests)


Thursday, January 16, 2020 | 7:30 PM

TECH - Thursday morning, January 16, 2020

Youth Members Performance Presentation at the at the Merriam Theater (IABD Members)


Friday, January 17, 2020 | 7:30 PM

TECH - Friday morning, January 17, 2020

Established Members Performance Presentation at the Merriam Theater (IABD Members)


Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 7:30 PM

TECH - Saturday morning, January 18, 2020

Founders and Invited Guests Performance Presentation at the Merriam Theater (IABD Members & Invited Guests)


Sunday, January 19, 2020 | 9AM

TECH - Sunday morning, January 19, 2020

Awards and Scholarship Liturgical Performance (IABD Members)



Please make sure you meet the performance requirements:

1.    Membership with IABD is required for two (2) consecutive years; and, participants must have at least three (3) years of professional performing experience.

2.    Complete all contact information (name, title, mailing/email address, and telephone number).

3.    Resume/CV and bio with individual name or group name

4.    A brief description of the proposed work.

5.    MAXIMUM time length for performance presentations - NO EXCEPTIONS:        

        a.        7 MINUTES - Philadelphia & Collegiate Artists

        b.        5 MINUTES - Youth Companies

        c.        7 MINUTES - Established Members & Collegiate Artists

        d.        10 MINUTES - Founders & Invited Guests

        e.        5 MINUTES - Gospel Performance

6.    Music: Please be advised that you will need to obtain all necessary permissions and licenses for the use of music in your performance. IABD and Philadanco are not responsible and will not pay music royalty fees.

7.    Any special technical requirements are the responsibility of the applicant.

8.    Performance opportunities include a registration fee of $125 in US Dollars. Payment is due upon successful confirmation and acceptance of your work by IABD and Philadanco.

9.    Please include a link of the work to be presented, as well as any passwords for viewing, if applicable.

10.  If your performance requires additional instruments of any type, you or your organization is financially responsible for the rental. You are responsible for providing your own special effects (fog machines, hazers, etc.) Neither IABD nor Philadanco will assume this cost. Also, by accepting this opportunity you understand that you are volunteering your services. There will be no compensation for your participation.

IABD/DANCO reserve the right to accept applications based on appropriateness to the event, IABD/DANCO’s image, and its audience. Only submit completed work.

IABD/DANCO make every effort to provide a safe performance venue.  However, IABD/DANCO will assume no responsibility for injury during performances as well as acts of nature. You are responsible for providing your own special effects (fog machines, hazers, etc.).

The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) preserves and promotes dance by people of African ancestry or origin. The IABD conference features performances, networking opportunities, seminars, workshops, panel discussions, Dance master classes, and much more. Conference and festival activities are for members of IABD and open to the general public. For more information contact us at (301) 755-0831.




PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged in to your membership profile to submit.