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Founder and Artistic Director of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), Professor Rex Nettleford is slated to be the guest speaker at the 19th Annual International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) Conference to take place in Toronto, Canada, from January 18 to 21.
The four-day conference will be held under the theme, ‘Widening the Sphere: Taking An Expansive View of Our Community’. It will bring together dancers, dance companies and directors from all over the world for panel discussions, workshops, networking events and dance presentations.
This is the first time that the Conference is being held outside of the United States of America (USA) and will be hosted by a 13 year-old dance group called Dance Immersion, in association with the Harbourfront Centre.
Professor Nettleford will be the keynote speaker at the Event Dinner on Saturday, January 20 in the Civic Ballroom at the Sheraton Centre.
The Vice-Chancellor Emeritus at the University of the West Indies (UWI) will also do a seminar/demonstration on choreography, and take part in a panel discussion on the topic, ‘Begin at the Beginning: Dancing the History of the African Diaspora Here and Now’. The panelists, to include Americans, Dr. Sherrill Berryman-Johnson and Dr. Kariamu Welsh and Cuban, Juan de Dios Ramos, will discuss their role in dance, their accomplishments, and what positive and negative changes have influenced dance today.
More than 1,000 patrons and delegates are expected to attend the Conference.