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Celebrating 21 Years!

Celebrating 21 Years

We’ve had a hectic 21st Anniversary! Well, we are 21, full of energy and looking to the future. Hectic is par for the course, right?!
ADAD were delighted to present Beverly Glean with a lifetime achievement award at our 21st Anniversary event last week. Thankyou to all who could join us to celebrate and party in style.

During the week we also worked with the History of Art Department at Bristol University to present Open Stage alongside the two day conference ‘Framing the Critical Decade; After the Black Arts Movement’.  Artists Yassmin Foster & Robert Hylton, Cleo Lake, Laura Kriefman & Annette Walker, and  Latisha Cesar Dance all shared works in progress at this significant gathering.

Read about speaker and papers on Twiiter at @AfterTheBAM.


Trailblazers Showcase
The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, part of One Dance UK, presents an evening of performances showcasing work developed by its Trailblazers Starters, co-curated by Freddie Opoku-Addaie. The evening is a mixed bill programme featuring innovative creations of dance, including abstract choreography, Breakdance, dynamic contemporary African dance and Hip Hop Theatre. The showcase presents choreographic work by Trailblazers Starters Rachael Nanyonjo, Yami Löfvenberg, Mbulelo Ndabeni and Nathan Geering; some of the most innovative artists working with dance styles rooted in the African Diaspora today.

dced3472-139f-4a26-bb2b-15c6492cda5eCommemorative Edition
Our commemorative edition of Hotfoot is available to buy as a PDF. Guest edited by Fumi Adewole, this bumper 138 page issue costs £20 and can be purchased as a PDF by email to:

We also have souvenir 21st anniversary pin badges for sale at £2.



Date: 12 May 2016

Time: 8 pm

Location: The Place, London

To book visit:


Four Become One
It’s official! We have entered a new era for DAD as we become part of One Dance UK. Our aim is to ensure that the new ‘national body for dance’ serves as a voice for the artists, practitioners and academics working in dance of the African Diaspora.
Please note – ADAD Facebook and Twitter accounts all remain live and we will maintain regular Enews communications on DAD dance programmes with our national and regional contacts.  Please amend your email contacts to:
We encourage you to join the new organisation and be a part of an organisation that looks after your interests. All individuals and organisations with a Dance UK or NDTA membership that expires after 1 April 2016 will automatically become members of One Dance UK at no additional cost.
Please contact with any queries about membership.
Visit the website to find out more about One Dance UK and its programmes.
Get the latest news by following the organisation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Call for Papers
Re:generations 4. Diasporic Dance: Legacies of Imagination  3-5 November 2016, Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Birmingham, UK
The conference partners invite proposals for papers, lecture demonstrations and workshops that address the theme of Diasporic dance: Legacies of Imagination.
By offering opportunities to reflect on the heritage, legacies, histories, geographies, places and spaces of dance of the African Diaspora, the conference aims both to celebrate the achievements of elders and foster the talent of a new generation of dance practitioners and of new dance scholars.
For more information please read the detailed call for papers.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 1st of July 2016. Submissions will be accepted by email only.
Please direct emails to including ‘Re:generations 4’ in the subject line.
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