The Black Report from The International Association of Blacks in Dance

[dance company] Philadanco! The Philadelphia Dance Company, pioneered by IABD founder Joan Myers Brown. Photo courtesy of Philadanco!

Findings put forth by the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) in The Black Report include:

  • The majority of dance companies belonging to the IABD have fewer than 3 full-time paid staff members (including several without any paid full-time employees at all).
  • Black dance companies push beyond resource limitations to channel the power of movement and creativity for growing audiences: 77% of member companies report touring their work nationally or internationally.
  • 90% of #BlackDance companies report having founders still involved in leadership, illuminating a need for financial support and personnel to help with succession planning.
  • In pushing to serve culturally specific communities of African ancestry or origin, several member companies of IABD in tour and present at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), collaborate with HBCU dance programs, and offer students development opportunities.


The International Association of Blacks in Dance, The Black Report, July 2020.