BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, June 30, 2019 — Urban Bush Women (UBW), the world-renowned dance company, announced that Chanon Judson-Johnson and Samantha Speis are the new Co-Artistic Directors of the UBW Company. In this capacity, they will lead the company’s touring arm while maintaining their roles as Performers and Directors of the UBW BOLD (Builders, Organizers and Leaders through Dance) program. UBW Founder, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, will continue in her role as Chief Visioning Partner, providing overall direction for the organization and its programs including the Summer Leadership Institute and the Choreographic Center Initiative.
The announcement was made at UBW Homecoming 2019, a two-day, event-filled celebration for UBW’s 35th Anniversary. Zollar, who founded the company on June 30, 1984, stated “The 35th anniversary season is looking at past, present and future with the theme Legacy, Lineage and Liberation. Moving toward intentional leadership development, it is my pleasure to announce—as we move to the future—that Chanon Judson-Johnson and Samantha Speis will assume the roles of Co-Artistic Directors of the UBW Company and I will continue as Chief Visioning Officer and Artistic Director of the organization.”
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