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30 | #DeniseSaundersThompson - IABD

On our fourth episode in celebration of Black History Month your co-host Azaria interviews Denise Saunders Thompson. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Denise Saunders Thomposon’s career as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD). She shares her love for working behind the scenes merging business and performing arts, her career in arts administration, IABD programming and how to get involved, her thoughts on the future of IABD and dance inclusivity, and the importance of correcting the narrative of blacks in dance.


[0:28] Azaria introduce Denise Saunders Thompson


[1:29]Azaria asks: “Can you tell us how you came to merge a career in management/administration and the arts?”

[3:58]Azaria asks: “You knew early on in your studies that you were fit for arts administration?”

[5:06]Azaria asks: “Were you drawn to the overall aspect of art administration?”

[7:50]Azaria asks: “Currently you serve as the president and CEO of IABD, can you share with our audience the purpose of International Association of Blacks and Dance and some of the various ways you serve the dance community?”

[13:13]Azaria asks: “Can you tell us about the NextGeneration Leaders?”

[15:14]Azaria asks: “Can you briefly give us an explanation of COHI | MOVE and Evolve?”

[18:12]Azaria asks: “How can our audience be a part of MOVE?”

[19:49]Azaria asks: “They can follow the call for COHI | MOVE program?” “Also can you talk about the call for choreographers?”

[21:28]Azaria asks: “What is the call to be included in the IABD choreographer directory?”

[22:13]Azaria asks: “I’ve seen some amazing clips from the IABD conference, what do you think is the most exciting or successful aspect of this conference?”

[24:41]Azaria asks: “Where do you see the future of IABD and dance at large?”

[27:25]Azaria asks: “Can you talk about the beginnings of IABD and if there is any pushback?”

[32:24]Azaria asks: “How is IABD utilizing social media?”

[36:33]Azaria asks: “Let’s talk a little bit more about the pushback?”

[39:20]Azaria asks: “Do you have any specific recommendations for resources focusing on the voices of color?”

[42:10] Azaria asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater….I was in awe”

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • Yes

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Facebook “I get to keep up with people...”

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