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PHILADELPHIA, PA: The International Association of Blacks in Dance Presents: TRAILBLAZERS

PHILADELPHIA, PA: The International Association of Blacks in Dance Presents: TRAILBLAZERS


The International Association of Blacks in Dance


Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts – Merriam Theater
250 S Broad St 
Philadelphia, PA 19102 


Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 7:30pm



The International Association of Blacks in Dance

Mastering the works of Alvin Ailey, Katherine Dunham, Martha Graham, Lester Horton and so many others, these highly unique and respected companies define the Black dance aesthetic and continue to lead the field. Exploring the many forms, styles and techniques within dance, each company will present work that encapsulates the expression and voice from a diverse group of professional choreographers.


With performances from:

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (New York, NY)
  • Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (Denver, CO)
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre (Dallas, TX)
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem (New York, NY)
  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (Dayton, OH)
  • Forces of Nature Dance Theatre (New York, NY)
  • Lula Washington Dance Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
  • PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Urban Bush Women (Brooklyn, NY)


The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) has partnered with Philadanco!, The Philadelphia Dance Company to bring the 32nd Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance to Philadelphia, PA in January 2020. During this conference, emerging, established, and legendary Black Dance companies from all over America will convene in the City of Brotherly Love for Then Now Next a one of a kind festival where dance lovers can experience over forty diverse companies and styles from January 15-18, 2020. This four-day conference and festival celebrates the brilliance of Black Dance companies while enhancing audiences’ understanding of Black Dance history and technique.

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