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31st Annual International Conference and Festival



January 22 – 27, 2019
in partnership with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company


About the Conference and Festival

In marking 28 years of serving the Black Dance field, the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) will host its 31st Annual International Conference and Festival in Dayton, OH from January 22 – 27, 2019, in partnership with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Don’t miss the opportunity to join with the broadest gathering of Black Dance professionals in the US and Internationally, including agents, artistic directors, artists, choreographers, company managers, executive directors, historians, presenters, scholars, teachers, and so many others.

The Ultimate Dance Experience

Over four days, participants will engage in invaluable professional opportunities. Workshop and Panel Sessions will provide examples of successful new and innovative models. Dialogues with legends and next generation artists will inspire new thinking for a vibrant future for Dance. Once in a lifetime Performances will include a gathering of national and international Dance Companies and artists only seen at IABD.

Dance for Youth & Educators

Teachers, Instructors, Studio Owners – we’ve planned some great activities for you and your students! Performance opportunities and Dance classes are available for your students. Classes and workshops for teachers/studio owners will be offered at the Conference and Festival! Come to IABD to receive information and instruction from the leading Masters in all genre’s and fields of Dance!

For Professionals and Pre-Professionals

Professional/college and pre-professional dancers can register for the Conference and Festival and be exposed to leading artists in the field.Festival packages that include master classes and tickets for performances will be available. Career pathway workshops, and post career guidance will also be offered.


The Conference and Festival also offers scholarship auditions for summer programs/intensives and college/university dance programs as well as a multi-dance company auditions for professional dance companies in ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. IABD offers the largest convening of Dance directors, programs, and companies that offer persons of color these kinds of opportunities in a central setting.

Our Sponsors

The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc., gratefully acknowledges and thanks the Sponsors, Community Partners, and Contributors for their generous support of the Annual International Conference and Festival.

As an essential part of its commitment to dance, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company has partnered with IABD to bring the Conference and Festival to Dayton, OH in 2019.