The Strategic Alliance for Black Dance is Still Going Strong

The Strategic Alliance for Black Dance is Still Going Strong


The Strategic Alliance for Black Dance was initiated by State of Emergency to create a national forum for dialogue and to build an infrastructure for the support of the Black dance sector in the UK. The immediate focus of the SABD is on talent development and leadership. The Alliance aims to encourage emerging artists and arts organisations to develop existing leaders in Black dance, and to build bridges with the wider dance industry.

The SABD consists of members of Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations, Black choreographers, artistic directors, dance artists, educationalists and dance managers and is open to all those excited by working in partnership to push forward the agenda for dance of Black origin in the UK. Quarterly meetings take place in London with guest speakers, providing opportunities to network and for artists to share their ideas and plans with others.

The SABD network is still going strong and this year, alongside networking sessions and artists presenting talks about their projects for feedback and discussion, we focused on the development and importance of archiving with a special conference event ‘Dance, Diaspora and the role of the archive’, delivered in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, Research Institute for Media,Arts and Performance and the Congress on Dance Research.  Inspiring and entertaining thoughts were shared by key artists who are represented in the archive including Greta Mendez, Sheron Wray and Carl Campbell.

A special themed meeting was held at Stratford Circus, London, focusing on producing, developing and touring work for international audiences. Nadine Patel, the British Council Sub-Saharan Africa officer made a presentation alongside Yemi Mokuolu  (Hatch Events) who has produced theatre and music events in Nigeria. SOE’s Artistic Director Deborah Baddoo spoke about the process and lessons learnt from producing and touring ‘Where Is Home?.


Pictured above (from the Black Dance Archive): Greta Mendez on the cover of Time Out 1981.


December 19th, 2016

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