The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) will bring scholars, practitioners and educators together for three days of intellectual and artistic inspiration, Feb. 21-23, at Duke University’s Rubenstein Arts Center.

The fourth bi-annual conference will provoke enlivened discussions on the power and politics of global Black dance and feature prominent keynote speakers including dancer and choreographer Dianne McIntyre; author Katrina Hazzard; interdisciplinary artist and assistant professor Ni’Ja Whitson; founder of the N.C. A&T E. Gwynn Dancers, Eleanor Gwynn; and choreographer Will Rawls.

The 2020 conference theme, Fluid Black::Dance Back, seeks to “center African diaspora dance as a resource and method of creative and aesthetic possibility” exploring lines of inquiry such as, in what ways does Black dance engender mobility on and off the dance floor or concert stage? How does race, gender, class and sexuality inform African diaspora dance communities, broadly defined?


Full schedule available online now! Tracks and highlights include:

  • Book Summit featuring the top black dance authors in the field, and hosted by Alexis Pauline Gumbs (co-author of Ntozake Shange’s new book on black dance)
  • Walk/Anda at the Nasher Museum of Art
  • Katherine Dunham & Social Activism track
  • “Diversity” in Academia track
  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo master class
  • Local Artist Cabaret


Your $150 registration fee (what!?!) covers four meals, transportation to/from host hotel, all presentations, films, workshops, performances, parties and more!

For more information visit the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance website: or contact for immediate info.

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