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30 for 30

In 2017, IABD launched the comprehensive organizational health initiative with 30 organizations.

In 2018, the Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance turns 30 with a celebration and covening in Los Angeles, CA.

During this season of giving, IABD requests that you support 30 for 30!

From April - October 2017, Denise Saunders Thompson, president and ceo, and Baraka Sele, independent arts consultant, traveled the U.S. collecting data from thirty (30) Black-led organizations in order to assess the needs of the Black dance community.The IABD Comprehensive Organizational Health Initiative (COHI), whose primary function is to help tell an organization’s story through its finances, is designed to strengthen the organizational health of small and midsize dance institutions.

Participants of COHI are from all over the country:

African American Dance Ensemble, Durham, NC

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, Brooklyn, NY

Alonzo King LINES Ballet, San Francisco, CA Garth Fagan Dance, Rochester, NY
Atlanta Dance Connection, Atlanta, GA Hayiya Dance Theatre, Macon, GA
Ballethnic Dance Company, Atlanta, GA Iibada Dance Company, Indianapolis, IN
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Denver, CO* Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, Auburn, NY
Collage Dance Collective, Memphis, TN KanKouran West African Dance Co, Washington, DC
Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas, TX* Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Los Angeles, CA*
Dance Iquail, Philadelphia, PA Philadanco!, Philadelphia, PA*
Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble, Philadelphia, PA Robert Moses’ KIN, San Francisco, CA
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton, OH* Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, Brooklyn, NY
Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Chicago, IL Step Afrika, Washington, DC
Diamano Coura West African Dance Co, Oakland, CA

Threads Dance Project, Golden Valley, MN

Dimensions Dance Theatre, Oakland, CA TU Dance, St. Paul, MN
Elisa Monte Dance Company, New York, NY Urban Bush Women, Brooklyn, NY
Eleone Dance Theatre, Philadelphia, PA Washington Reflections Dance Company, Washington, DC


As an organization that has been servicing the Black dance community for twenty-seven years with a focus on education, networking, and professional development, IABD is poised to bring to light the innovative methodologies of these Black-led dance organizations, that enabled them to make historic accomplishments in spite of pervasive and sometimes crippling racism as well as systemic financial inequitiesutilizing dance as a means of protest, survival, and social change.

Help us garner philanthropic support for Dance organizations all over the World!

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in collaboration with Nonprofit Finance Fund, data and analysis from this project will be compiled in order to bring greater awareness to the performing arts and philanthropic fields. For more information visit and keep your eyes open for The Black Report!

*Founding Organizations of IABD, Inc.