International Association of Blacks in Dance Annual Conference, 2014
This year’s conference, in Dallas TX, was hosted by the Dallas Black Dance Theater. With panels, roundtables, workshops, classes, and performances, the IABD event is always a deeply moving convocation–literally and metaphorically. From the midnight African dance class and evening concerts to the Sunday morning breakfast featuring liturgical dance by students from special arts high schools, we came together once again to shore up our forces and reaffirm and celebrate our gorgeous dance heritage. Honored this year were Ann Williams, retiring founder/director of Dallas Black Dance Theater ; choreographer/master teacher Milton Myers; and Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of the newly configured Dance Theater of Harlem.