Dance Major to Perform Faculty Choreography at International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference

Dance major and Kent Dance Ensemble member Austin Coats will perform "Vital Grace," a solo choreographed by assistant professor of Dance and Kent Dance Ensemble artistic director Gregory King at the International Association of Blacks in Dance conference. The conference will take place at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre in Los Angeles, California in January 2018.

"Vital Grace" premiered at the School of Theatre and Dance's fall 2017 "Dance '17: Mosaic" concert.

Gregory King serves as the Creative Communications Coordinator for The International Association of Blacks in Dance. He was appointed to the position in the Fall of 2017.

The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) has become the Mecca for Blacks in Dance such as administrators, artists, choreographers,dance companies, directors, educators, scholars, and those interested in artistry, black dance issues, and performance presentations. The Association, founded in 1991, provides a network, formal newsletters, choreographers directory, published papers and is the raison d’être for the annual conference. The Association also responds to and initiates dialogue around issues that impact the Black Dance Community as well as the Dance community at large. IABD has developed national prominence and allowed the Black Dance Community to come together on issues important to them.*

*Description taken from the IABD website.


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POSTED: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 2:10pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:24am