IABD 2020


Scholarship Opportunities | 2020 Annual International Conference and Festival

The International Association of Blacks in Dance is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities with the generous support of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.



IABD is offering Full Conference and Festival and Single-Day Registration Scholarships through a competitive application process to help defray the costs of attending. Recipients receive complimentary Conference and Festival registration and a one-year complimentary IABD membership.

Professional artists, administrators working in the dance field, and undergraduate, graduate students in related fields are eligible to apply for this opportunity.


Dance organizations in the 5-county Philadelphia region are asked to encourage their dancers and/or staff to apply.


Deadline to apply is September 15, 2019 at 11pm EST. (Application coming soon!)


Applicant Requirements:

Online Application Details:

o   Applicant’s name.

o   Description of the applicant’s most significant accomplishments and contributions to the dance field (i.e. scholastic proficiency, evidence of leadership, school, community, or professional activity/service, etc.).

o   Description of why the applicant should receive the award (character attributes).

Deadline, Selection, and Notification:

Scholarship Award:


If you have any questions about this application opportunity, please email programs@iabdassociation.org.



Click Here To Submit

Submissions open August 15, 2019




Special thanks to The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for their generous donation to fund scholarships for Pennsylvania residents living in the 5-county Philadelphia region.





THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACKS IN DANCE (IABD) preserves and promotes dance by people of African ancestry or origin, and assists and increases opportunities for artists in advocacy, audience development, education, funding, networking, performance, philosophical dialogue, and touring. IABD has become the Mecca for Blacks in Dance such as administrators, artists, choreographers, dance companies, directors, educators, scholars, students, teachers, and those interested in artistry, black dance issues, and performance presentations. The Association provides a network, formal newsletters, choreographers directory, published papers and is the raison d’être for the annual conference and festival. The Association also responds to and initiates dialogue around issues that impact the Black Dance Community as well as the Dance community at large. IABD has developed national prominence and allowed the Black Dance Community to come together on issues important to them.

PHILADANCO!, THE PHILADELPHIA DANCE COMPANY (DANCO) is a nonprofit organization that presents the highest quality of professional dance performance and improves the skills of emerging and professional dancers and choreographers in a nurturing environment, while increasing the appreciation of dance among its many communities. Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance.

THE PEW CENTER FOR ARTS & HERITAGE (THE CENTER) is a multidisciplinary grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing, dedicated to fostering a vibrant cultural community in Greater Philadelphia. The Center invests in ambitious, imaginative, and catalytic work that showcases the region’s cultural vitality and enhances public life, and we engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas concerning artistic and interpretive practice with a broad network of cultural practitioners and leaders.