IABD 2020


Performances | 2020 Annual International Conference and Festival

Performance Presentations

Wednesday, January 15  |  Thursday, January 16  |  Friday, January 17  |  Saturday, January 18  |  Sunday, January 19


2020 Performance Presentations
*Please note: Admission to all performances is included in conference and festival registration.*


Wednesday, January 15, 2020
7:30 PM | The Merriam Theater at The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus
$50 IABD Members | $60 General Public

Join Philadelphia natives and those connected to the City of Brotherly love for the kick-off performance to the 32nd Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance. 

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Featuring works by:

Contemporary West Dance Theatre (Las Vegas, NV)


Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble


Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company

Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble

Straight to the Pointe

University of the Arts

Waheed Works


Youth & Collegiate Performance
Thursday, January 16, 2020
8:00 PM | The Merriam Theater at The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus
$50 IABD M
embers | $60 General Public

Pushing the limits of contemporary and traditional choreography, audiences will be inspired by an explosive range of styles and techniques, cultural origins and forms of dance.  This high-energy and cutting-edge performance will feature youth and collegiate performers from throughout the country.

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Featuring works by:

YOUTH performers

Baltimore DanceTech (Baltimore, MD)

Cass Technical High School (Detroit, MI)

CityDance DREAM (Washington, DC)

Collage Dance Collective Youth Ensemble (Memphis, TN)

Dallas Black Dance Academy’s Allegro Performing Ensemble (Dallas, TX)

Dance Dimensions (Forestville, MD)

Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington, DC)

LaShelle’s School of Dance (Oak Park, MI)

Norma’s Academy of Dance (Fairburn, GA)

Pryce Centre for Culture and Arts (Cairns, Australia)

Renaissance High School Dance Workshop (Detroit, MI)

RestorationART (Brooklyn, NY)

Stivers School for the Arts (Dayton, OH)

Tri-C Creative Arts Dance Academy (Cleveland, OH)

COLLEGIATE performers

Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL)

 Howard University (Washington, DC)

The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

The University of Akron (Akron, OH)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)

Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)

West Las Vegas Arts Center (Las Vegas, NV)



Established Artist Performance
Friday, January 17, 2020
7:30 PM | The Merriam Theater at The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus
$50 IABD Members | $60 General Public

Carrying the legacies of Black dance pioneers forward, these companies continue to forge ahead meeting high artistic standards through an array of dance forms and techniques while providing audiences with exceptional dance performances. A celebration of various styles, national dance companies will perform choreography that can be shared with audiences of all ages.

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Featuring performances by:

Ballethnic Dance Company (Atlanta, GA)


Collage Dance Collective (Memphis, TN)

Cleo II (Denver, CO)

Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Encore! (Dallas, TX)

Dance Iquail (Philadelphia, PA)

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (Chicago, IL)

Dissonance Dance Theatre (Washington, DC)

Eleone Dance Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)

Elisa Monte Dance (New York, NY)

Threads Dance Project (Golden Valley, MN)


Founders & Invited Guests Performance
Saturday, January 18, 2020
7:30 PM | The Merriam Theater at The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus
$50 IABD Members | $60 General Public

Mastering the works of Alvin Ailey, Katherine Dunham, Martha Graham, Lester Horton and so many others, these highly unique and respected companies define the Black dance aesthetic and continue to lead the field. Exploring the many forms, styles and techniques within dance, each company will present work that encapsulates the expression and voice from a diverse group of professional choreographers.

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Featuring performances by:

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (New York, NY)

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (Denver, CO)

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (Dallas, TX)

Dance Theatre of Harlem (New York, NY)

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (Dayton, OH)

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre (New York, NY)

Lula Washington Dance Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)

PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadelphia, PA)

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company (Brooklyn, NY)

Urban Bush Women (Brooklyn, NY)

Gospel Performance and Scholarship Awards Brunch
Sunday, January 19, 2020
9:30AM | The Bellevue Hotel

Celebrate performances drawn from the Black religious experience through music and liturgical dance. Spreading the “Good News,” dancers will perform to a variety of sacred music that includes Black Gospel, Contemporary Praise and Worship, and Spirituals.Take solace in creative expression and interpretive movement that culminates the weeks’ activities of the annual international conference and festival.

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Featuring works by:

Dance Institute of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

Detroit School of the Arts (Detroit, MI)

Mojuba Dance Collective (Cleveland, OH)

L&L Dance Productions (Philadelphia, PA)

GreeneWorks Project (Cleveland, OH)

Lancaster High School (Lancaster, TX)

Lula Washington Dance Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)