Denise Saunders Thompson, alumna, administrator and professor at Howard University's Department of Theatre Arts, has been elected to the board of trustees of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. She is one of eight new members who serve three-year terms that began July 1, 2014. "I am interested in nurturing dialogue about diversity, equity and inclusion," Thompson said. "It is my hope that we can explore opportunities for joint ventures with other dance professionals which will help to support the artistic work presented in dance communities around the world."
Thompson will hold the board position in her capacity as chairperson for the International Association of Blacks in Dance (www.iabdassociation.org). IABD preserves and promotes dance by people of African ancestry and origin and assists and increases opportunities for artists in networking, funding, performance, education, audience development, philosophical dialogue, touring and advocacy.
The significance of this appointment is extremely important for the dance community of African ancestry or origin having a voice 'at the table' with this national dance service organization," Thompson said. "Our population has been underrepresented for so long in ballet, modern dance and so many other genres. It is time have more meaningful dialogue with results attached."
Thompson has held positions at prestige dance academies such as the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Several Dancers Core, The Kennedy Center, Alliance Theatre Company, The Mark Taper Forum, and the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival. In addition, she is a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, St. Paul Companies and the D.C. Arts and Humanities Commission.
Contributing Writer: Disa Robb / RSM
About The IABD Conference
In marking 23 years of serving the Black Dance field, the International Association of Blacks in Dance will host its 27th annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio from January 21- 25, 2015. Join Dance professionals for this exciting event who represent the broadest gathering of Black Dance professionals in the US and Internationally, including executive directors, artistic directors, company managers, choreographers, artists, presenters, teachers, historians, agents, and so many others.
Over four days, participants will engage in invaluable professional and networking opportunities. Workshop and Panel Sessions will provide experiential hands-on learning paired with examples of successful new models that reflect the field's entrepreneurial spirit and will inspire new thinking for a vibrant future for dance. Performance showcases will also include Dance organizations from around the country and abroad.
For more information visit http://www.iabdassociation.org/conference/