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IABD News and Press

IABD press releases and news (pdf format) are listed in most recent order.  For more information, please call (202) 899-3859.



  • Black Dance Rising: IABD Presents 28th Annual International Dance Conference and Festival, January 20-24, 2016. Click Here for More Information

  • 28th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance "Black Dance Rising" heads to Denver, CO, January 20 - 24, 2016. Click Here for More Information



  • Denise Saunders Thompson, IABD Chairperson/Executive Director elected to Dance/USA Board of Trustees
    Click Here for More Information


  • Watch Joan Myers Brown Accepting the National Medal of the Arts
    Watch PHILADANCO Founder/Executive Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown accepting the National Medal of the Arts — the nation’s highest civic honor for excellence in the arts — at a ceremony that took place July 10, 2013 at The White House. Click here to view the ceremony.

Click here for the National Arts Award Press Release

  • Joan Myers Brown | President Obama to Award 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal
    On Wednesday, July 10, 2013 President Obama awarded the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal in the East Room. Joan Myers Brown of Philadanco, was a medal recipient. Click Here for More Information
  • Joan Myers Brown | 2013 Dance/USA Honor HonoreeJoan Myers Brown, Honorary Chairperson of IABD will receive the 2013 Dance/USA Honor Award on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Dance/USA 2013 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The Honor goes to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the dance field by reason of artistic excellence and/or force of vision. The International Association of Blacks in Dance SALUTES and CONGRATULATES, our Founder, Dr. Joan Myers Brown! Click Here for More Information


  • One Night Only! International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference Announces 25th Silver Anniversary / Celebration Showcase Performance Line-up: January 24 – 27, 2013 in Washington, DCIABD Performance lineup press release
  • Charles Augins, Camille A. Brown, Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Louis Johnson, Dianne McIntyre, and Renee Robinson to be Honored by International Association of Blacks in Dance: IABD 2013 Honorees press release


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