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Vision, Mission, Values


Our vision is for dance, by people of African ancestry or origin, to be revered, respected, and preserved in the consciousness and cultural institutions of all people.


The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) preserves and promotes dance by people of African ancestry or origin, and assists and increases opportunities for artists in advocacy, audience development, education, funding, networking, performance, philosophical dialogue, and touring.


IABD values and validates the significant connections and influence that dance by people of African ancestry or origin have on the American and International cultural landscape. We believe in:

  • The aesthetic and integrity of all forms, genres, methods and styles that have influenced, transformed, and advanced the art of dance and its history. 

  • Providing choreographers and companies an artistic outlet and opportunity to present their work. 

  • The discipline, experience, knowledge, and wisdom that impact youth and the next generation of dance artists. 

  • Creating an environment of exploration and scholarship for administrators, artists, educators, researchers, scholars, production staff, dance-related personnel and writers to learn and grow. 

  • Encouraging meaningful inter-generational exchange of these values between dance masters and emerging artists.