The 30th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance will descend on Los Angeles, California “Honoring Legacies: Past, Present, and Future.” Professor Emerita of Dance and Afro-American Studies Yvonne Daniel will be honored with the Association’s Scholar Award at the conference’s Awards Luncheon. The conference and festival will take place January 23-28, 2018 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, 6101 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Dr. Daniel will also appear on panels throughout the conference and festival.
The Scholar Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates outstanding achievements and whose contributions in the academic and research areas of dance deserve acknowledgement. This award honors the scholarly artist’s importance to the cultural fabric of the black dance community and the impact their research has on the dance field. The award recipient has proven to be committed to the mission of IABD and its philosophy which emphasized the continued responsibility of “carrying the torch” by preserving and promoting dance by people of African ancestry or origin.
Yvonne Daniel, Smith College Professor Emerita of Dance and Afro-American Studies, is a specialist in Dance Performance and Circum-Caribbean societies. Her publications include: Rumba: Dance and Social Change in Contemporary Cuba (1995), Dancing Wisdom: Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomblé (2005), and Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora Dance: Igniting Citizenship (2011). She has published over forty juried and solicited articles, encyclopedia entries, chapters, and edited four documentary videos on dance and Diaspora religions. Her book on sacred performance won the de la Torre Bueno prize 2006 and her last publication won a “Choice” award. She has earned a Ford and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, and has been a Visiting Scholar at Mills College and the Smithsonian Institution. She has four sons and ten grandchildren.
For more details and conference registration information, visit http://www.iabdassociation.org/conference.