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Black Dance Rising: IABD Presents 28th Annual International Dance Conference and Festival, January 20-24, 2016

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28th Annual International Dance Conference and Festival, January 20-24, 2016


The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) will present “Black Dance Rising,” its 28th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks In Dance, January 20-24, 2016. Hosted by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, the dance world’s elite and emerging will descend upon Colorado for the five-day conference celebrating dance from the African Diaspora.


The five-day conference features an impressive lineup of renowned speakers, including a keynote address by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founding and artistic director of Urban Bush Women. It will also feature master dance classes, development workshops, panel sessions and networking for dance pre-professionals and professionals alike. In addition, more than 30 dance companies from around the world including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Philadanco! will perform a broad spectrum of dance genres and styles.

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

“Culture is a powerful factor in the self-determination equation. Black dance does not exist without critical thought, study, examination and discipline,” said Malik Robinson, executive director of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. “It’s easy to become entranced or enamored by movement, but Black dance, ultimately, is communication. [It] humanizes, empowers and informs.”


The 28th Annual International Conference and Festival Of Blacks In Dance, themed “Black Dance Rising”, takes place January 20-24, 2016 in Denver, CO. In addition, IABD will host a series of dance auditions, including its 1st Annual Ballet Audition for women of color with more than 15 participating U.S. premier Ballet companies, January 24.



The conference activities will be hosted by the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel with performances taking place at the historic Paramount Theatre, Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Denver Performing Arts Complex. This year’s host partners include Art Works – National Endowment for the Arts and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.

Registration includes a conference kit and access to the following events: 

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Youth Performance
  • Luncheon
  • IABD Member Evening Performance Awards Dinner
  • Founding Companies Performance with featured guests
  • Post Performance Receptions
  • Special Youth Evening Activities
  • Closing Ceremony and Breakfast
  • All Panels and Workshops


For more information or to register, visit​​. 


About IABD 

Celebrating 28 years of dance, The International Association of Blacks In Dance preserves and promotes dance by people of African ancestry or origin, and assists and increases opportunities for artists in networking, funding, performance, education, audience development, philosophical dialogue, touring and advocacy.


About CPRD 

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance aims to serve as a local anchor and international destination for the study and celebration of culture with an emphasis on dance and its relation to community empowerment and democratic renewal. Through demonstrated success in creative programming, fiscal responsibility, management and artistic development, CPRD aims to foster an environment of collaboration and leadership that advances the highest quality yet accessible and affordable cultural arts programming for all people with particular focus upon underserved communities.

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