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PEOPLE TALK: IABD #27 Cleveland Ohio 2015
(recorded by Adrian Vincent James)

The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) has been the national service organization for Black Dance Professionals for over 30 years.

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When you join IABD, you become part of an active and supportive network of nearly 300 members including colleges, dance companies, educational institutions, individuals, presenters, universities, and all dedicated to strengthening the Dance field. You also gain access to our many member benefits including subscriptions to our e-newsletter, discounts on conference registrations, and much more. Our membership categories include: Students, Individuals, Institution/Dance Company, and Corporate.

The power of many. The power of Dance.

The power to move you, motivate you, the power of action!


  • Choreographers
  • Dance Artists
  • Dance/Arts Administrators, Researchers, Historians, Archivists
  • Dance Educators in Colleges and Universities
  • Dance Institutions and Companies
  • Dance Instructors
  • Dance Students in higher education
  • Dance Studio Owners
  • K-12 Dance Educators
  • And YOU!


Convenings and Programs: Join us for classes, networking events, professional performances, symposiums, and workshops.

Discounts: We offer discounts on classes, events, tickets, memberships, and the annual international conference and festival.

Fiscal Sponsorship: IABD serves as a fiscal sponsor by agreeing to receive funds on an artist's or organizations behalf. Because IABD is a 501(c)3 organization, contributions received on your behalf are tax-deductible to donors. Click here for more information about fiscal sponsorship.

Marketing and Promotion: We promote classes, events, or services in an email to thousands through our e-blasts, social media, and our centralized calendar.

News: IABD keeps its members up to date on advocacy, auditions, classes, events, jobs, news, and performances, with IABD’s monthly newsletter Timekeepers of the Flame.

Research and Advocacy: IABD helps ensure that the activities, history and interests of Black dance are better understood and represented on national and international levels. Need a FACT CHECK, reach out to us!


Join Now!Join or renew today!  Once we process your dues, you will enjoy full access to the Online Member Community. Thank you for your support!

PLEASE NOTE: The IABD membership year begins JANUARY 1 and expires DECEMBER 31.  Memberships accepted between JANUARY – DECEMBER (of any given year), are for that complete year of benefits (through December 31).

**All membership prices will include an additional $10 administrative fee for processing.**

MEMBERSHIP received DECEMBER 15 of that year, will go towards the following year benefits. Click on the join now button above to complete your membership application online.

For further information, please call (202) 899-3859 or email at