In 2017, IABD launched the comprehensive organizational health initiative with 30 organizations.
In 2018, the Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance turns 30 with a celebration and covening in Los Angeles, CA.
During this season of giving, IABD requests that you support 30 for 30!
From April - October 2017, Denise Saunders Thompson, president and ceo, and Baraka Sele, independent arts consultant, traveled the U.S. collecting data from thirty (30) Black-led organizations in order to assess the needs of the Black dance community. The IABD Comprehensive Organizational Health Initiative (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.
Participants of COHI are from all over the country:
African American Dance Ensemble, Durham, NC
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
Alonzo King LINES Ballet, San Francisco, CAGarth Fagan Dance, Rochester, NY
Atlanta Dance Connection, Atlanta, GAHayiya Dance Theatre, Macon, GA
Ballethnic Dance Company, Atlanta, GAIibada Dance Company, Indianapolis, IN
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Denver, CO*Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, Auburn, NY
Collage Dance Collective, Memphis, TNKanKouran West African Dance Co, Washington, DC
Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas, TX*Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Los Angeles, CA*
Dance Iquail, Philadelphia, PAPhiladanco!, Philadelphia, PA*
Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble, Philadelphia, PARobert Moses’ KIN, San Francisco, CA
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton, OH*Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, Brooklyn, NY
Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Chicago, ILStep Afrika, Washington, DC
Diamano Coura West African Dance Co, Oakland, CAThreads Dance Project, Golden Valley, MN
Dimensions Dance Theatre, Oakland, CATU Dance, St. Paul, MN
Elisa Monte Dance Company, New York, NYUrban Bush Women, Brooklyn, NY
Eleone Dance Theatre, Philadelphia, PAWashington Reflections Dance Company, Washington, DC
As an organization that has been servicing the Black dance community for twenty-seven years with a focus on education, networking, and professional development, IABD is poised to bring to light the innovative methodologies of these Black-led dance organizations, that enabled them to make historic accomplishments in spite of pervasive and sometimes crippling racism as well as systemic financial inequities – utilizing dance as a means of protest, survival, and social change.
Help us garner philanthropic support for Dance organizations all over the World!