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The Planning Committee | 2019 Annual International Conference and Festival

Host Committee



The Conference and Festival Committee consists of the IABD Board of Directors and Staff, Partnering Organization, and a host of Volunteers that work together to plan and implement auditions, dance master classes, performances, seminars and workshops for the Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) of Dayton, OH is the 2019 partner organization celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Serving as the local liaison to IABD, DCDC will assist with preparations for the conference and festival and plan pre-conference activities for conference attendees.


The International Association of Blacks in Dance Leadership Team:

Denise Saunders Thompson, President and CEO

Omar Ingram, Programs Director

Nathea Lee, Development Director

Vanessa Levros, Administrative Services Manager

Tiffany Pittman, Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Toran X. Moore, Programs Coordinator

Carol Foster, Special Programs Assistant

Lydia Cuffy, General Management Fellow


Conference and Festival Committee Members of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company:

Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Artistic Director

Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders, CEO

Crystal Michelle Perkins, Associate Artistic Director

Qarrianne Blayr, Assistant to the Artistic Director

Suzy Edwards, Executive Assistant

Shonna Hickman-Matlock, Director of Education & Outreach Services

Donnel Jones, Grants Administrator & Corporate Writer

Jay L. Peterson, Director of Marketing & Special Events

Christian Davell, Social Media Manager

Michelle VanHuss, Director of Touring & University Initiatives

Gil Williams, Accountant


The International Association of Blacks in Dance Leadership Specialist Team:

Ashlee McKinnon, Artist Track

Tina Mullone, Education Track

Cheryl Goodman, Leadership Track

Jay Staten, Youth Track

Katherine J. Smith and Christina Talley, IABD Auditions

Vanessa Levros and Blanche Reese, Registration

Gerald Archard and DoraRae Vactor, IABD Cafe

Leah Glenn, Pop Ups and Shorts

Lela Sewell-Williams, Panels and Workshops

Conference and Festival Committee for The International Association of Blacks in Dance:

Yvonne Walker, Board Chair, Baltimore Dance Tech

Joan Myers Brown, Honorary Chair, The Philadelphia Dance Company, Philadanco!

Cleo Parker Robinson, Vice President, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Ann Williams, 2nd Vice President, Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Lula Washington, Treasurer, Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Vivine Scarlett, Secretary, dance Immersion

Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Membership Chair, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Charles Augins, Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Vikki Baltimore-Dale, University of Las Vegas, Nevada

Beverly Harper, Portfolio Associates, Inc.

Sandra Foster-King, University of California, San Diego

Ayisha Morgan-Lee, Hill Dance Academy Theatre

Mercy Nabirye, OneDanceUK

Malik Robinson, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Abdel Salaam, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Iquail Shaheed, Dance Iquail!

E. Gaynell Sherrod, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

Katherine J. Smith, Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Dora Rae Vactor, Cleveland Dance Movement

Tamica Washington-Miller, Lula Washington Dance Theatre