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Help keep BLACK DANCE alive!


For over 28 years, The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) has served a diverse, national and international membership of agents and managers, dance companies and studios, educators and educational institutions, individual artists, researchers, and supporters of the Dance field.

As the only national Black Dance service organization, IABD provides programs including the Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance, advocacy, communications, and essential research that serve our members’ most pressing needs and address field-wide issues.


IABD Auditions


IABD Learning Magnet

Auditions (Ballet, Dance Company, Scholarship) and Artist Development Support Dance Artists with professional development opportunities at leading dance organizations around the world with scholarship and tuition assistance.

Comprehensive Organizational
Health Initiative (COHI) 
The 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.
NextGeneration Leadership (NGL) NGL is designed to 1) identify and cultivate the next generation of Black dance leaders, and 2) support IABD’s desire to create a road map for building and operating a healthier, more sustainable organization.

Video by Adrian Vincent James, Dallas, TX, January 2014 

IABD’s long standing position in the national Dance field is made possible through the generosity of people like you who love Dance. Thank you!

  • The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, which makes your gift tax-deductible.
  • Donate to IABD’s general operations fund, which supports our programs and services, including the presentation of the Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance, hosted by one of our member organizations each year as well as our Scholarship and Professional Artist Development Funds.

We truly appreciate you taking the time to consider supporting IABD. For questions or other donation methods, please contact
Denise Saunders Thompson at